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12 Sandboxes Worth Sticking Your Toes Into

Playing in sand is fun for kids and adults. If you don't live near a beach, here's how to bring the sand to you.

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rooftop sandboxPhoto: Courtesy of Laura Morton Design

Rooftop Sandbox

This sandbox is atop an Asian-inspired home in Venice Beach, California. An uninspired area of the home “became magical with a fenced-in virtual Venice Beach playground for the kids, featuring a large, deep sandbox and potted palms.” — Laura Morton

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Cedar Hexagon SandboxPhoto: Courtesy of Home Dept

Cedar Hexagon

For less than $100 you get the precut wood, hardware, liner and top cover for this classic sandbox. It takes practically no time to set up and kids will enjoy it for hours and hours. Looking for more ways to keep kids busy? Here are 10 best backyard games you can buy.

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natural looking sandboxPhoto: Courtesy of Home Depot

Natural-Looking Sandbox


This unobtrusive sandbox comes assembled and blends right in with its surroundings. The lid keeps out rain, debris and cats so the sand is fresh and clean for every play date!

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cabana sandboxvia Amazon.com

Cabana Sandbox


If you don’t want your kids sitting out in the sun all day while they play, this sandbox is for you. Kids are protected on three sides and overhead. Two rollup windows provide ventilation and three storage bins are included.

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crab sandboxvia Amazon.com

Crabby Sandbox


How cute is this? You never have to worry about splinters and it has lots of great reviews. This sandbox makes a great gift, as do any of these 12 gift ideas for kids who like DIY.

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kinetic sand indoor sandboxvia Amazon.com

Indoor Sandbox

No place for an outdoor sandbox? Your kids can still have fun playing with sand with this kinetic sand set. This sand is moldable, sticks to itself and never dries out, making it actually fun for all ages! Looking for more indoor fun? Here are 14 fun DIY projects for a rainy day.

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life size zen garden sandboxT photography/Shutterstock

Zen Garden Sand


In the sixth century A.D., Zen Buddhist monks created the first zen gardens to aid meditation. Today, those who like carefully controlled settings with raked sand or rocks and precisely clipped shrubs find zen gardens appealing. You can even purchase special sand for zen gardens. If you prefer quiet time indoors, here are 11 tips for creating a relaxing reading nook.

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sandbox with tentPhoto: Courtesy of Taryn Whiteaker

Tent Sandbox


This is the epitome of simple DIY: A wood-frame sandbox with two stakes and fabric to create a tent! Kids can pretend they’re camping, or hang out inside like it’s a clubhouse. Complete how-to-build instructions can be found here. Need shade for your deck or patio? Here’s a guide to your options.

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Playhouse sandbox swingsetPhoto: Courtesy of Kitcraft

Queenslander Cubby House


This ultimate playhouse-sandbox combination comes from Australia. You might have a hard time getting kids to come indoors at night with this in the backyard! Planning a backyard barbecue for the kids and adults? These 12 tips will help make it epic.

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private beach pool sandPhoto: Courtesy of Lucas Lagoons

Private Beach


For a truly luxe sand experience, this lagoon pool comes with its own sandy beach. Check out more enticing pictures of this project here. This is not a DIY project, but you can build your own stream and waterfall. Here’s how.

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demolition derby extreme sandboxPhoto: Courtesy of Extreme Sandbox

Extreme Sandbox


If you’ve always wanted to operate full-size diggers and dumpers like the toy ones you had as a kid, Extreme Sandbox is for you! Extreme Sandbox is a family owned and operated business that gives people the opportunity to “play” with construction equipment in a controlled environment. Corporate and social groups go for bonding and fun. In 2016, Extreme Sandbox was on Shark Tank and their business continues to grow. Learn more about Extreme Sandbox here.

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backyard putting green golf course sand trapPhoto: Courtesy of Deluxe Athletics

Sand Trap


Does the sand trap on this backyard putting green count as a sandbox? Probably not, because sandboxes are fun and most people don’t have fun if they’re in a sand trap. But it is fun to look at these 19 crazy-cool backyard putting greens.

Elizabeth Manneh
Elizabeth is an experienced freelance writer, specializing mainly in digital health & transformation, health & wellness, and education & learning. She's been published on ReadersDigest.com, Paysa.com, The Family Handyman, Huffington Post, Thrive Global, and The Good Men Project. She was also a regular contributor to Love Live Health and Daily Home Remedy. Elizabeth is a retired primary school principal and education consultant, with a continuing passion for education and learning.