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Sunday, July 3, 2011

Make Your Own Sand Table

One of my kids' favorite thing to do at the OMSI is play in the sand box in the Science Playground.  I've thought they'd love one at home too, but I didn't really want their pockets full of sand as they came back inside, and I certainly didn't want to provide the neighborhood cats with a new litter box.

This solves both of those problems!

I picked up the coffee table at a garage sale for $5 and primed and painted it.  I bought a color sample of Citrus Blast from Home Depot and used about half of it in painting 3 coats on the table.  I do realize that it will live outside and I have no idea how the paint will hold up to the elements, but I'm not too worried about it either.

The plastic bucket is an under bed storage container from Walmart.  It was the expensive part of the project at $10.  You may have one in your garage that you're not using, or find one at a garage sale for cheaper--the important thing is that it has a lid.
 My husband helped me drill holes and bolt the box to the table.  For about $3.50 we picked up a 50 pound bag of play sand, and it was the perfect amount of sand.  I picked up a few utencils and fun kitchen items from Salvation Army, and a few other small toys have migrated out there already too.  
We finished this on Saturday, and they've all spent hours playing with it already.  And when they're done, we just snap the lid on!

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  1. It's a neat idea to secure the container to the table, makes it a perfect height for children to access. Love the lid too.

  2. Oh my...I think you just made my daughter’s weekend! We’ve been looking for more outdoor activities for our yard, and this would just be a blast! Thanks so much for the idea!

  3. Oh how fun! Thanks for visitng the frog! I am a new follower and hope you will vist me often!
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  4. What a fun idea!! Thanks for sharing!
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  5. What a great idea! Thanks for linking to Handy Man, Crafty Woman Wicked Awesome Wednesday!

  6. What a great idea! As an elementary school teacher I am always looking for ways to save on great ideas! Thanks for linking up with Lemon Tree Creations today!

  7. I love the fun bright orange color. What a great way to reuse an old coffee table.

  8. My kids would love this...we made a water table recently and securing it to a table like your sand table would make it ideal :)

  9. I LOVE this! I will have to try this! Thank you for sharing :)

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  10. What a great idea for a dot sandbox! Definitely pinning it to remember your geniusness once the kiddo is big enough to play in sand himself

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