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Tiny Sandbox Boredom Buster

Do you have a child that loves to be outside? My son Ryker is one of “those” kids that would rather be outside playing than anything else. Seriously, I’ve even offered ice cream to get him in the house and that doesn’t even work. Are you in the same season of life? If so I have an answer for you, try the Tiny Sandbox Boredom Buster!

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Tiny Sandbox Boredom Buster for Kids

Last summer was scorching, the 100 plus degree Texas heat was too much to handle for long hours and I was out of icy pops. Bummer!  I needed to keep Ryker in the house and at the same time bring the outside in for him. He was laying on the floor crying about his construction trucks and sand outside. Why was he on the floor? Because having to stay in the house during the hottest hours of the day is downright devastating for a 2 yr old.  So… in desperation, an idea was formed.

He was laying on the floor crying about his construction trucks and sand outside. Why was he on the floor? Because having to stay in the house during the hottest hours of the day is downright devastating for a 2 yr old.  So… in desperation, an idea was formed.

My Disastrous First Attempt

My first idea was to get a large squatty plastic container and put cloud dough in it. I then added a few construction toys for Ryker to play with. We are talking a large box, like 1 foot by 2 feet big. That sand was taken in and out of the box via dump trucks and excavators. The clean up was exhausting! Cloud dough everywhere, in the carpet, on his whole body, on the ceiling, ( yes you read that right the ceiling, how, I have no idea but it was there) and on the walls.

The clean up was exhausting! Cloud dough everywhere, in the carpet, on his whole body, on the ceiling, ( yes you read that right the ceiling, how, I have no idea but it was there) and on the walls.



What you will need

I went to the store and found a cute short small box a 2.7-quart Sterilite box to be exact. Cost under $3. The snap-on handles worked great for keeping the sand in place.  For the sand, I chose Kinetic Sand instead of cloud dough because it seems to be easier to pick up. Cost under $5 but Amazon was running a sale.  Over on the toy aisle, I picked up this cute little construction set (which we have several of but could always use more) for under $6. Not bad prices for hours of endless fun! And that’s how the Tiny Sandbox Boredom Buster for Kids was born.

Best Boredom Buster for Kids and Adults

Honestly, I love playing with this sandbox. Ryker and I play for hours together making hay bales, dozing and excavating dirt. We create roads, tunnels, and even mountains.

This is the greatest parents child toy in our house. Bonus, it outranks the T.V and the iPad! Horray!!

Super Cheap Birthday Gift for boys or girls

All of my daycare kids love this Tiny Sandbox Boredom Buster that I have actually given them as gifts. They are a hit in my home and all kids who receive one on their special day. In my experience its the toy played with first. Which is an awesome feeling knowing you gave them a toy that they will love.

Other Play Options

If you have a few of these around your house they are a great option in case your child does get tired of playing with the construction trucks or Matchbox cars. My girls also love to play with the sand with their princesses. Its an all around great boredom buster. Which in my life of constant kids is a WIN!

Does your child love to play in the sand?

Kathaleen Kopf

 

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