My kids loved digging in the sand.
Unfortunately, we lived too far from the beach, and it wasn’t feasible to drive to the park every single day.
A sandbox benefits almost any child, but children with sensory processing disorder and ADHD may crave that extra sensory stimulation that a sandbox provides.
I built my own sandbox for outdoor play.
A DIY sandbox will meet your children’s needs and provide them hours of fun playing outdoors.
How to Make a Backyard Sandbox
- play sand (I used 10 bags/500 pounds.)
- about 20 bricks (shown in pictures)
- weed barrier fabric
- wheel barrow
- rake, trowel
- Find a spot in your backyard for the sandbox.
- Arrange the bricks in a circular shape.
- Dig a small trench with a trowel under the bricks to place them.
- I didn’t use concrete for the sandbox as this makes it easier to take apart once children outgrow it.
- Use a wheel barrow to bring the bags of sand to the sandbox.
- Pour sand inside the circle. After each bag spread it out evenly.
- I didn’t place a weed barrier under the sandbox as I wanted my children to be able to dig deep.
- When sandbox is not in use, place a weed barrier on top of it weighted down with rocks to keep the sandbox clean.
- Use cinnamon or organic, child safe ant repellent to keep out fire ants.
While this may not be the most beautiful sandbox. This DIY sandbox requires no construction skills. It’s affordable and more than one child can enjoy it at a time.
Sandboxes help keep our children with sensory processing disorder and ADHD more regulated.
It’s the perfect addition to any backyard enjoyed by young children.