Okay parents, as much as you love your kiddos, we can all agree it’s time for them to enjoy some “me time” of their own… outside! A day at the beach sounds great, right? Well, we’ve got the DIY project that’s the next best thing – a classic wooden sandbox with seating. Your kids are getting a sandy oasis, and you’re getting a little time to regain some sanity. Building your sandbox takes one afternoon, but the number of them your kids are going to be building castles outside is endless!
How-To Projects | July 15, 2020
DIY Kids Sandbox, Parents Serenity
THINGS YOU'LL NEED
- (4) 2" x 12" x 8' Board* (Pressure Treated)
- (1) 5/4" x 6" x 8' Board* (Pressure-Treated Decking Board)
- #9 x 3" Torx Flat Head Wood Deck Screws
- Weed Mat
- Drill Bits: 1/8"
*Board Dimensions are “nominal.” Actual dimensions are smaller due to lumber industry standards. Cuts are actual length.
**Starting grit will depend on board surface condition, a rough surface will require starting with a coarse grit first.
LUMBER CUT LIST & LAYOUT GUIDE
- Side Boards: (2) 2" x 12" cut to 72"
- Side Boards: (2) 2" x 12" cut to 69"
- Seat Board A: (4) 5/4" x 6" cut to 11" (LD)
- Seat Board B: (4) 5/4" x 6" cut to 22" (LD)
*Board dimensions are “nominal.” Actual dimensions are smaller due to lumber industry standards. Cuts are actual length.
Cut out all material using the Lumber Cut List & Layout Guide.
Take (1) of the 72" side boards and attach it to (1) of the 69" side boards using (3) #9 x 3" wood deck screws.
Attach the 69" side board to the opposite side using the same method.
Add the remaining 72" side board to complete the (4) sides.
Add (1) seat board (A) to the corner and make it even with both outside edges. Attach with (4) #9 x 3" wood deck screws.
Now attach seat board (B) to the inside of seat board (A).
Repeat the same process on the remaining (3) corners.
Sandbox complete. Add a layer of weed mat before filling the box with sand.
PRO-TIP: To fill your sandbox with 8" of sand requires (48) 50lb. bags, 0.9 cubic yards; 6" of sand requires (36) 50lb. bags, 0.7 cubic yards
Remember, you were once a kid too, so hop inside the sandbox and get messy. It’s so much fun when you #DoItWithHART.
GO ALL OUT
While sand is fun on its own, adding a variety of items will inspire their imagination and challenge your child in different ways. From cooking utensils to gardening tools to natural objects like stones, leaves, flowers, shells and twigs, there’s no shortage of things they’ll enjoy. Other benefits include: Building muscle skills as they learn to dig, pour, sift and scoop. Sand play also promotes social skills, when small kids play together they learn how to share, compromise and negotiate.