Saturday, November 5, 2011

Kitty-proof sandbox

Elliot and Sylvie have long outgrown their plastic turtle sandbox so a new, big sandbox has been on Randy's honey-do list for a while. He finished it up yesterday, and after buying 8 bags of play sand today, the kids are loving their new toy! I'm loving that my dirt obsessed children are no longer insisting on playing in the "questionable" dirt in the yard. Randy built the sandbox out of 2x10s that he used a planer and router on so they would be extra smooth. He put on a bunch of coats of water sealer as we chose to use non pressure-treated wood to keep the kids from being exposed to a lot of nasty chemicals. He put it all together using L-brackets, put down a layer of weed guard underneath it, and sat the box down on top. I think the finished size is 4 feet by 6 feet, lots of room for both kids and for them to have plenty of space to play without invading each other's areas too much. Even after 8 bags of sand, it probably needs about 5 more to really be filled up sufficiently!

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Plenty of room for two. Randy had already persuaded Sylvie to go inside with promises of hot chocolate and a peanut butter/honey sandwich.

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I can't seem to convince Elliot that it's no longer bare feet weather!

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Jumping to squish a castle.

We have a few outdoor cats that would love nothing more than to have their own personal potty box, so having a lid was a requirement. It was made using a sheet of vinyl lattice (to keep the cats out) layered with screen (to keep leaves and debris out), and framed with vinyl brick molding. It's heavy enough to keep from blowing off, but still light enough to be able to easily move around. We lean it up against the fence when the sandbox is in use. Now we just have to remember to put it back on each time to keep the cats out!

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Our winters in south Georgia tend to be really mild, so we should get a good bit of use out of the sandbox even through the colder months, if I can get that boy to keep his socks and shoes on his feet! And then when warm weather hits in the spring, Elliot and Sylvie can fight over who's turn it is to be in charge of the water hose and make lakes and rivers in the sand! That is also the reason we chose to not have a solid lid, to allow the wet sand to dry. The sand in the plastic turtle with the solid lid tended to get moldy smelling from staying wet.

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