Ultimate Indoor Sandbox

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ultimate indoor sandbox

Benefits of the Indoor Sand Box

(Aside from keeping kids entertained)

  • It’s a giant sensory bin.
  • It’s so easy to create a new activity by changing out the items.
  • It provides fun ways to present learning activities (see our list below for ideas).
  • It gives tactile input to sensory sensitive children. My daughter willingly tolerates the rough sand against her skin because she so enjoys setting up pretend play scenarios in the sand.
  • Sensory-rich experiences create new pathways in the brain, which are also used for academic learning.

Ideas for Learning and Playing in the Ultimate Indoor Sandbox

There are so many ways to learn and play in sand, endless ideas, but here are a few really good ones to get inspired by.

Learning Activities

Down Under Toob figures

Learning about the Australian Outback.

Sensory Play Ideas

How to make an Indoor Sandbox

  1. Purchase an inflatable pool, available for less than $20 on Amazon (affiliate link): Swim Center Clearview Aquarium Pool
    pool box
  2. Purchase four 50 pound bags of play sand at a local home improvement store, about $20.
    sand bags
  3. Blow up the pool, pour in the sand, add toys and have fun! Total spent = $40duct tape pool

I put a piece of duct tape over the drain plug in the bottom of the pool before filling it with sand, just to discourage curious fingers from opening it and letting sand go out onto the carpet.

A note about the sand…

pool sandbox

We put our sandbox in our playroom, which is actually the formal dining room of our house. I think this is a much better use for a formal dining room. Don’t you?

I’ve purchased play sand that was wet in the past, because that’s all the store had and they kept their play sand in their outdoor garden department. This is a bit messier for indoors, but makes great sandcastles. And it does dry out eventually. Dry sand brushes off of clothing and skin easily and a quick run of the vacuum around the outside of the pool when I normally would vacuum has been all we needed. I don’t find that the dry sand is getting tracked around the house or onto the furniture.

Indoor vs. Outdoor sandboxes

We’ve had both and we prefer the indoor version because…

  • You can play in it anytime, no matter what the weather.
  • If you forget to cover your indoor sandbox, it won’t get full of rain or the neighbor’s cat’s poop.  Note: if you have an indoor cat, you should probably cover your indoor sandbox when not in use.

Rules about the sand box in our house:

  • No sharp objects.
  • No inviting the dog into the sandbox. Her nails could puncture the pool.
  • No throwing or dumping the sand out of the pool.

For more sensory play and learning ideas…