I have mixed emotions about sandboxes.
They keep my son occupied for long periods of time. He is so happy slinging sand around.
They are also very messy. Sand sticks to everything and magically spreads throughout the yard.
Not to mention that sandboxes attract bugs.
I am not sure if I love or hate our sandbox but it sure makes my son happy.
Here are few tips that will help you and your child enjoy the sandbox more this summer:
Fight bugs by mixing cinnamon into the sand. I was happy to hear that bugs hate cinnamon, which will keep the insects at bay. I bought an industrial-size bottle for a few bucks and poured it in. Not only does it help keep bugs out, it may keep them away from the perimeter, too. Afterwards, my son used the cinnamon container as a sand toy. Win-Win.
Choose your sand wisely. Play sand is specifically cleaned for children. We almost bought the run-of-the-mill sand at Home Depot until we were warned against it. Play sand is softer and nicer, and it doesn’t have carcinogenics that may be present in other sand. Read the package, do your homework and make sure you are getting the sand you want.
Keep baby powder on hand. Is sand stuck to your kid? Feet? Hands? Arms? This magic powder will get it right off.
Don’t forget to keep it clean. Take out any stray plants or other flotsam that has migrated into the sand box. Keep it covered when not in use.
Change out the sand every year or two. We won’t need this reminder because we lose sand daily. There is something about flying sand that delights a kid! However, it’s good to keep track of how old your sand is.
My favorite tip is adding cinnamon to our sandbox to keep the bugs away. It smells great too.
Any more to add to this list?
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