Super Quick and Easy DIY: Tabletop Sandbox

by , posted on September 26th, 2012 in Games & Creative Play

Create this tabletop sandbox for your kids—it’s easy, there’s no sewing required and you’ll have it together in less than 5 minutes. Is it messy? Maybe. But will it keep the kids entertained, you betcha. All you need is a sturdy box with a lid, play sand (I found both at Michaels) and small toys and figures.

Pour the sand into the box, provide your child with a few toys and that’s it. Kids can create scenes for stop animation movies, excavate to discover artifacts, or dig for buried treasure.

Giving it as a gift? Turn it into a kit by burying some dinosaurs or toys, and tying it off with a small paint brush and a few wide popsicle sticks for digging and excavating.

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4 Responses to “Super Quick and Easy DIY: Tabletop Sandbox”

  1. aMuse Toys Says:

    September 26th, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Love the idea of giving it as a gift. So creative and how fun would that be?! :D


  2. Sandra Says:

    September 26th, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    Stop animation – GREAT idea. When we were in NYC we went to the Children’s Art Museum of Manhattan. They have all sorts of activity centers set up and one was stop animation. And, BTW, not too long a walk to Third Rail Coffee in the Village and Washington Square Park.


  3. Jennifer Says:

    September 27th, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Earlier this summer we were visiting alocal playground with a sand volleyball court. Acting on instinct, I grabbed a small bag and filled it with some sand. I’ve since transferred the sand into a container. Every so often I sneak in “gemstones” (colorful rocks and stones used in floral decorations), seashells, toy animals or dinosaur “bones.” My four year old loves playing archaeologist in the sand without the burden of sand fleas! :)


  4. Cindy H Says:

    September 27th, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    And, in a pinch (like on an unexpected snow day) you can achieve a similar fun, messy, and temporary effect with cornmeal in a cake pan! Half the fun then becomes washing off the vehicles after playing…usually worth at least an hour of quiet time overall!


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