Unique Sandbox Set Ups for Kids

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Who wants to be cooped up in the house in the summer? There are so many fun activities to get up to outside – but sandboxes are still a classic!

There are so many ways to make sand play fun and exciting for children and what better way to show it than to use one of these unique sandbox set ups for kids in your backyard!

Unique Sandbox Ideas - from DIY Sandbox plans to Unique Sandboxes from Etsy, transform your backyard into a magical play space with built-in sand sensor play

I tried to provide a variety of options – from DIY sandboxes to unique sandboxes you can purchase.

Once you choose a way to set up your family’s sandbox, be sure to learn all the different ways you and the kids can play with sand in this list of over 30 super fun sandbox play ideas! And you can make these Nontoxic Mason Jar Tiki Torches to help keep the bugs away.

Unique Sandbox Set Ups for Kids

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1. Deluxe DIY Sandbox Tutorial from Small Friendly has a built-in hinged top to keep the animals out when you’re done playing.

2.Happy Hooligans’ Backyard Sandbox has so many play zones – and tips for how to keep all those sandbox toys organized!

3. Badger Basket Covered Convertible Sandbox (Amazon) – the top converts to two benches for kids to sit on as they play or dig their toes into the sand.

4. Outdoor Sand Play Area from My Small Potatoes is like a sand garden – perfect for imaginative play!

5. We love using our Giant Sand Digger in our sandbox!

6. Kids Stand Up Sandbox from Etsy (not pictured)

7. Play Zee Bo Covered Sandbox (Amazon, not pictured) is a cute mini gazebo for the sophisticated backyard.

8. Wooden Sandbox with Cover and Seating | Etsy (not pictured)

Sandbox Set Up Ideas

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9. Sandbox Play on a Budget | Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls

10. Table Top Sandbox | Teach Preschool

11. Day at the Beach Sandbox | Amazon

12. Sand Play Table | Happy Hooligans

13. Little Tikes Big Digger Sandbox | Amazon (Not pictured)

14. Thrifty Sandbox | Mama Smiles (Not pictured)

15. Easy DIY Sandbox | Orange Blossoms and Sunshine (not pictured)

16. Color Block Bookshelf Sandbox | The Homes I Have Made (bottom image)

More Sandbox Set Up Ideas

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17. My Little Sandbox | Amazon (pictured)

18. Wooden Sandpit | Childhood 101

19. Baby’s First Sandbox | The Measured Mom

20. Felix Gaspo Sandbox | Amazon (pictured)

21. Under the Sun Sandbox | Amazon

22. Tire Sandbox | I Heart Naptime

23. KidKraft Backyard Sandbox | Amazon

24. DIY Thrifty Sandbox | Logger’s Wife

25. Outdoor Canopy Sandbox | Amazon (pictured)

26. Pretend to be a Pirate with this Pirate Sandbox!

27. And with these plans from Ana White you can make your own!

28. If sand is just too messy for your crew, why not a rock box?! (from Two Twenty-One)

29. Or, have the best of both worlds with a DIY sand box and gravel pit (from Imagination Tree)

30. A DIY Car Sandbox from This Old House is awesome for the car-obsessed kid!

31. This sandbox (with plans from Ana White) doubles as a stage!


Looking for more ways to play outdoors with the kids? Learn how to set the backyard up for messy play!

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