DIY Sandbox under $20

What do you do to entertain a 16 month old when you are 29 weeks pregnant, live on the second floor of an apartment complex, and don’t have a park close by?

Well if you are us, you build a sandbox!

We have a little porch on the back of our condo that looks out over this gorgeous golf course. In the later afternoons it is perfectly shaded and only mildly crazy hot…#summerinarizona. Oliver LOVES to be outside. He could walk around asking “what’s that” for literal hours. I had been racking my brain as to what I was going to do to keep him busy, doing wholesome activities while not completely overdoing it everyday. That’s when the sandbox idea was born.

It is the end of swim season so those fun little plastic pools were super discounted. We found a medium size plastic pool at Walmart for around $7. Then all we needed was sand and some sand toys. We got the sand at Home Depot for $3 a bag. It took two bags to fill the pool. Earlier this summer, before our beach trip, we got Oliver some sand toys at Ross of all places! The sand toys were $8. That brings us to a grand total offfff $18!

It was so easy to put together, you guys! And he loves it! It still is a little hot where we are to be out there for very long but he has a blast and it helps break up the days.

If you have limited space or a limited budget and busy toddlers at home, you’ve got to give this one a try! Little time, little expense but all the fun! Let me know how your projects go!



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