One of my kids’ favorite Summer activities is to play in the sandbox. Even my nine year old can spend long periods of time playing in the sand. In fact, recently, when I added some new sand to the box, and my 4 yr old exclaimed, “It’s just what I always wanted!”. I love how something so simple can bring them so much joy, and keep them both happily entertained for hours.
Here are 5 easy tips to keep your sand box at its best all Summer long:
Sprinkle cinnamon into the sand to keep bugs away. As an added bonus, cinnamon has natural antiseptic properties too.
2. Black Pepper
A perimeter of black pepper around the sand box will keep ants away. Remember to reapply after a rain storm.
3. Baby Powder or Corn Starch
Apply baby powder or corn starch to wet skin that has sand on it, and the sand will instantly fall right off. This trick is great for the beach too, so keep some baby powder or corn starch in your beach bag!
4. Refresh the Sand
Every few months you may want to add some fresh sand to the box. Little ones tend to spill it outside of the box anyway. This is a good time to rake or sift the sand, and allow it to air out in the sunshine.
5. Keep a Lid on It
Keep the sandbox covered when it’s not in use, and make sure it has proper drainage.
PS: If you don’t already have a sandbox, our favorite is this Step2 Adjustable Sand and Water Table — with adjustable height, pots, boats, shovel, and removable umbrella. It has withstood years of playtime fun!
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