Bring your fun outside and dig in the sandbox! Try these easy toddler sandbox activities for a great day of outside play.
Fun in the sun and in the sandbox! That’s where my kids spend their summer… digging in the sandbox!
I think it might be fun to come up with some new ways to play in the sandbox, so I’m searching for some neat sandbox activities that I know my kids will love.
Which of these toddler sandbox activities is your child going to love the most?
I’m digging all these sandbox activities!
Sandbox Activity 1: Make a construction-themed sandpit
Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails put theirs together in a portable sensory bin.
It would work just as well in a big backyard sandbox! Let your toddler go on a search for rocks and pebbles, then add in some construction toys.
Sandbox Activity 2: Lead a dinosaur dig
Little paleontologists will surely get a kick out of this idea. Rubber Boots and Elf Shoes set up a small dinosaur sensory bin, but this would be even more fun on a larger scale.
Add rocks and other decorations to the sand, then hide dinosaur bones. Add some dress up clothes and paleontologist tools to make it even more exciting for the kids.
Sandbox Activity 3: Make colored sand castles
Let the kids use spray bottles in the sandbox to create colorful sand creations. Play at Home Mom shares her tips for making the colors.
Sandbox Activity 4: Create a rocking car track and town
Toddlers can collect rocks to their hearts’ content for this activity from Playtivities.
Once the rocks have all been collected, it’s time to paint. Then add all of the rocks to the sandbox and watch as the children’s imaginations play out.
Sandbox Activity 5: Go panning for gold
Mess for Less shares how to turn a sand table into a gold panning expedition. This would be even more fun on a larger scale in a sandbox!
The kids can make their own “gold nuggets”, hide them in the sandbox, and then set about digging and panning for them.
Sandbox Activity 6: Add water
This amazing idea from Squashed Tomatoes holds so many possibilities!
The kids can design their own sandbox water irrigation system over and over (and over!) again. Imagine the fun they’ll have testing out each of their designs.
Sandbox Activity 7: Mine for diamonds
Turn the sandbox into a diamond mine with just a few simple additions.
Childhood 101 shares a way to spruce it up so kids really feel like miners unearthing treasures.
Sandbox Activity 8: Turn the sandbox into the beach
The sandbox is the perfect spot to set up a beach small world like Kitchen Floor Crafts.
The kids can add shells, stones, and anything else they need to make their beach perfect. Then let their imaginations run wild.
Sandbox Activity 9: Put loose parts in the sandbox
Spark kids’ creativity with this idea from The Imagination Tree.
Add a variety of loose parts gathered from the yard and the house. Then watch as the kids build, tunnel, dig, and create. Lots of open-ended possibilities.
Aren’t these toddler sandbox activities brilliant? Who knew there could be so much more fun in the sandbox!
I’m personally going to start by making the colored sand castles. It is just brilliant!