30 July 2009

White Trash Sandbox

Today Elsie is two!

My poor daughters. It must be a horriable thing to have a mother who is always thinking in the long run. While that's help to build a pretty nice house (Rejuvination fixtures, wrought iron beds, and other items that will stand the test of time and use), it doesn't bode very well for a cool sandbox. Since mom figures how long are they going to play with the stinking thing anyway.

Last year Tim was supposed to pick Elsie up one of those cheap plastic sandboxes for her birthday. Well he never did. So this year it was pretty easy to decide what to get her. We were at a friend's daughter's birthday party and Elsie was playing with a lovely sand/water table. I mentioned to my friend that she was going to be getting a sandbox soon. The friend told me how much her kids liked the sand table and that it was pretty cheap. Her idea of pretty cheap and mine are different, and I knew this before she even opened her mouth to tell me what the price was.

So after weeks of bouncing ideas back and forth in my brain I've come up with my solution to the sand table. Assembly below:

1) Go to your local store and buy a plastic storage box with a lid (there were bigger storage boxes than this, and if I had boys I proably would have gotten one, but the girls aren't intersted in driving big trucks through sand) and two trash baskets who's openings are wider than the bottoms (for support). If I had gotten the bigger box I probably would have had to make this a four leg table, but this way I can just get away with two.
2) Dig around in your pile of house repair stuff and find an old tube of sealent/adhesive. Turn the trash cans up-side down and generously apply the sealent to the bottoms (I did all of this right were I planned on setting the sandbox so I don't have to worry about moving the thing and upsetting the seal).
3) Place the bottom of the box on the bottom of the trash cans so that the weight of the sand will be supported in the most effective manner.
4) Add sand.

5) Stick a few of the fad plastic dishes that were on extream mark-down in the sand of lots of scooping/pouring fun. Finish it all off with the lid of the plastic tote so the sand stays nice and clean.

6) Enjoy with your bossy older sister.


janette said...

I'm so proud of you! What a great thing!!! Can we come play in it?

Debbie said...

LOL, hey, whatever works! They seem to be enjoying it!

Very good idea!

Lana said...

See you are just so much more creative than I am! I would have never even thought of that!

cousin Deb said...

I just read through your blog. Please don't stop blogging!!

Suze said...

My boys never met a sandbox they didn't like...I wish I would have thought of that when my boys were younger. Very creative. Does the lid still fit on it to keep the sand clean when not being used? BTW...you have darling girls.

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London Builder said...

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cheap kitchens said...

Those girls are very enjoying with white sandbox.I also want to play with it because I love to do that. Please share more photos of those girls with sandbox. They both are such sweet girls.

Liquid Rubber said...

Wow its a great idea, i would love to have a same sandbox for my younger sister.

Home Renovation Raleigh NC said...

I am also proud of you what a great thing i wanna play it. very very nice ideas

Thank you for post

allenaim photography and design said...

So creative and easy! My boys would LOVE that!

purejuice said...

missing you and still checking in now and again for an update.