Guide written by:
Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter
It's no secret that little ones love playing in sandpits. Made of plastic or wood, sandpits may feature built-in storage for toys like buckets and shovels, a cover to protect the sand from moisture, and a roof for playing in the shade. Read on for our top purchasing tips to help you make the best sandcastles possible!
Plastic sandpits offer a number of features and options to take note of:
- they come in different sizes;
- they are available in various shapes and colours to suit all tastes;
- they are supplied with a cover;
- they are easy to move around and store away when not in use;
- they must be set up on a flat surface;
- you can fill your sandpit with water to transform it into a paddling pool.
Wooden sandpits also have a features you should be aware of:
- they are much bigger meaning several children can play in them at the same time;
- they do not feature a base which facilitates water drainage and means that the sand will be naturally cleaned by the rain;
- it is recommended that landscape fabric be placed underneath to prevent weeds from taking root in the sandpit;
- the wood used (usually pine) for sandpits is treated to be weather-resistant;
- products used to treat the wood are not toxic for children;
- they come with instructions to make assembly easier;
- they can be left outside all year round.
Like any outdoor play equipment – such as trampolines, swings, slides and so on – there are a few features and accessories to be considered when making your purchase :
- some models (e.g. wooden sandpits) are equipped with an adjustable roof to keep out the sun ;
- others are fitted with built-in benches ;
- some have feet, making it possible to set them up on a balcony or terrace ;
- some square or rectangular versions are equipped with protective covers to fit the corners in order to prevent accidents;
- having a cover is beneficial as it stops pets from using the sandpit as a litter box;
- some sandpits feature a collapsible roof that doubles as a cover ;
- some models feature a storage box for toys, such as buckets and shovels.
Your choice of sandpit will depend on the age of your children and how many children who will be playing in it, as well as how much space you have for setting up and storing the equipment. No matter which type of sandpit you go for, it should be placed in a conspicuous area that is not overly exposed to the sun and is not always damp.
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Guide written by:
Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter, 198 guides
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