Make Your Own Little Sandbox for Indoor Construction Play

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make your own sandbox


While shopping this past Christmas, I kept seeing the cutest little indoor sandboxes on display.  I especially loved the one for construction play and knew my two preschoolers would have a blast with it.  I just couldn’t see paying $25-$30 for a box of sand and a couple of vehicles when I knew we had most of the supplies at home already, so I set out to make my own little sandbox for indoor construction play!

make your own sandbox


I had planned to steal a little sand from our covered backyard sandbox, but while walking through Lowe’s with my husband, I spotted a bag of playground sand marked down to only $1 because it had a small hole in it so I snatched it up.  

I had also planned to use some of my little boy’s existing vehicles for the box, but I found a great pack of construction vehicles at Wal-Mart for around $6, and so at just a buck a piece, I grabbed those, too.  

For the container, I used a plastic drawer from a craft cart that we had around the house, so that part was free.  I actually had some wooden containers that looked more like the sandbox I was copying but figured a plastic container wouldn’t leak sand around the cracks like a wood one might. 

make your own sandbox

To make our little sandbox all I had to do was fill the container with sand, pop in the vehicles,

make your own sandbox


…and call the kids over to play.  

make your own sandbox

They happily played for at least an hour! 

make your own sandbox

make your own sandbox

Just a note: The play will likely be a little bit messy even if you go over rules beforehand like I do just because of the materials used, so using a towel or fleece blanket underneath is recommended. ;)

make your own sandbox
Next time it’s too cold, snowy, or rainy to venture out, try making your own little sandbox for indoor construction play!!

make your own sandbox

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