Good Questions: DIY Sand Play Area?

Good Questions: DIY Sand Play Area?

Janel Laban
Apr 24, 2009

Kate has a good question: I live in a condo building in Chicago with a small, shady, below-grade concrete patio. Maybe not the most inviting outdoor space for our 20-month old daughter, but I'd like to make the most of it by adding a small sand play area. I've seen a DIY version made of a plastic under-the-bed style box filled with sand and propped on (or affixed to) 2 milk crates, which looked great as far as the size, but maybe not so weather-proof....

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I'm concerned about wet sand after rains in this shady patio area with plants attracting bugs or other unwelcome guests to our sand area. Any ideas for a reasonably priced, small-ish sand play area with a lid? I'm open to other suggestions beyond sand, too!

Let Kate know your ideas in the comments below...thanks!

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