Cute DIY SandBox For Toddlers


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It’s been a month since we moved back to Houston. We are loving our new place, although we sometimes miss having a yard. We do have a balcony, though! When the weather is not good for playing outdoors, I try to find something for my kids to enjoy and entertain themselves with on our balcony. This can sometimes be difficult, however, as our youngest son has sensitive skin and eczema.  However, we still try to let him experience enjoyable activities with his big brother. As a mom to a toddler with sensitive skin, I like to use  laundry detergent without an overpowering smell, and without harsh chemicals that irritate skin. all® free clear liquid gives me peace of mind knowing that I’m using detergent that is the #1 brand recommended by dermatologists, allergists, and pediatricians for sensitive skin. It has also been awarded the Seal of Acceptance by the National Eczema Association since it has no dyes, perfumes, or harsh chemicals to irritate skin.


With their clean clothes ready to go, it’s time to play outside! Thanks to all® free clear!  For balcony activities, these kids love drawing with chalk and riding their push-cars around, but I wanted to give them more activities. I made this cute easy do-it-yourself sand box to entertain them!


Here are the materials I used:


Ruler and Pen

Plastic Cover


Small Plastic Container with Lid (I used 9” x 12”)

Crate (12” x 18”)

Epoxy Glue


Sand or Kinetic Sand



To begin:

1.) Measure your cardboard to be about half the size of the top of the crate, so that you can still fit your plastic container on the left side. Use a ruler to measure it. This cardboard will be used as a counter top beside the sand container.

2.) Since I used a recycled piece of cardboard, I sealed it with a plastic cover over so that it would be easier to clean. If you are planning to use this sandbox for water instead, you may want to use a plastic lid, or even a tile, instead of cardboard.

3.) Begin to apply epoxy or a strong glue to make the cardboard stick.

4.) Leave the cardboard undisturbed for 30 minutes. You may use something heavy to keep the cardboard sealed to the crate until the glue dries.

5.)  Put your plastic container on the left side. There is no need to glue it since the crate acts as the holder for the container.

6.) Use sand or kinetic sand to fill the plastic sink. I also used my kids’ beach toys and dump truck to make this cute little sand box more enjoyable and entertaining for them. And, it’s DONE!

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Side note: I always like to put away the kids’ toys whenever they are done playing (OCD mom here). As a bonus, you can turn this cute sand box in a toy box/plant table! This is one reason I like using a wooden crate – it makes our balcony look nice when I place a plant on top 🙂

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Tada! Double win for toddlers and moms like me!

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Any fun outdoor toddler activities you’d like to share? Don’t forget to experience all® free clear and let me know what you think! Be sure to connect with other wonderful moms and their stories here.







1 Response to “Cute DIY SandBox For Toddlers”

  1. Emily says:

    My son would have loved this when he was younger! Great way to get some fresh air when it isn’t a perfect day for playing in the park! #client

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