let the children play: loose parts play (nice, self-draining solution for things that will be out in the rain — plus it uses the fence!)

SImple Sandbox Ideas: Easy, inexpensive toys, play ideas and storage ideas for your backyard sandbox. PS: Not sure about the term "Hooligans" Doesn't it have negative connotations? What do you all think?

Easy DIY wooden sandpit with fold out benches made with decking boards and a sheet of tarpaulin.

DIY Wooden Sandpit with Lid and Benches

This easy DIY wooden sandpit with lid and fold out benches beats the argos sandpit by miles and can be built start to finish in a couple of evenings.

A Dry river bed instead of a traditional sand pit. Large and smaller river rock lining a sand river with tree stumps, ferns and toys

A Dry river bed instead of a traditional sand pit. Large and smaller river rock lining a sand river with tree stumps, ferns and toys. This is a home daycare that has a lot of natural play elements in their backyard play environment.

Yes, we live by the beach but the girls would still love this!  Would convert into a seating area with cushions on top when not in use...  And this is a fabulous site for contemporary ideas.  Wish I lived in London so they could come and sort our garden out!

Fun storage bench for kids. Allow you to store books, shoes and other items in the bench, and sit on it while having the supply's in the compartments.

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Incy Wincy spider- exploring pipes and spiders in the sand. How creative! Children can work on story re-tell as well.

zandtafel - Incy Wincy spider- exploring pipes and spiders in the sand

Rabbit digging box! Great for bunnies that like to dig carpet or participate in other sorts of bunstruction. Easy to store and fun for buns! DIY sandbox and rabbit toy

This is a great way to keep your buns digging but not in all those carpet corners! The sand is also keeps the buns fur clean!

This is a great way to include an area for diggers, which are an essential element of children's gardens.

This is a great way to include an area for diggers, which are an essential element of children's gardens. Little rock exploration instead of sand box?

Leave plastic animals in a bin outside (near the garden, next to the sandbox, next to a patch of trees, etc) -- when children go outside to play, they can use them and let their imaginations run wild! My recommendation: the children should only play with these toys outside -- that way, they'll look forward to playing outside -- make sure they run around too ;)  GG

Leave plastic animals in a bin outside (near the garden, next to the sandbox, next to a patch of trees, etc) -- when children go outside to play, they them and let their imagination.forward to playing outside

Bruder Mack Granite Liebherr Crane Truck - 1:16 Scale, Model# 02818 by Bruder Toys. Save 10 Off!. $89.99. Extra-large Bruder toys are built tough for regular use in the sandbox or back yard. Large detailed Mack Granite Liebherr truck features a crane that extends to over 4 feet tall! Stabilizer legs and a counterweight that can be filled with sand maintain the crane's stability. Realistic driver's cabin features doors that open, a tilting engine hood that displays engine block, folding…

Put your passion on display with these collectible scale model vehicles and accessories.

How to make a sand and rock box for your kids play trucks.  They will love this!

DIY Sand and Rock Box

Backyard Beach Fun with Step2 Sandbox and Sand Toys Giveaway!

Backyard Beach Fun with Step2 Sandbox and Sand Toys!

Backyard Beach Fun with Sandbox and Sand Toys Giveaway!

Lovely hinged lid to keep sand clean

Rather than a sand pit, use as a seat/blackboard combo, with extra benefit of dog-proof toy and equipment storage

How to make a giant outdoor chalkboard for your yard.  This is such a perfect outdoor activity for the kids and it has held up for over 2 years!

How to Make an Outdoor Chalkboard

How to make a giant outdoor/indoor chalkboard for your yard. This is such a perfect outdoor activity for the kids and it has held up for over 2 years!

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