Best Sandboxes for Kids

by Samantha McIntyre

Best Sandboxes for Kids
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What could be better for your youngster than a little old fashion, outdoor fun this summer? Sandbox play is the perfect sensory activity to pry those electronic devices away from tiny fingers and occupy the kids with amazing hands-on activities to spark their active imaginations. For toddlers, there are many benefits to playing in the sand, including engaging in pretend play and strengthening problem-solving and gross motor skills. Not to mention simply getting outside to soak up some sun! We’re sharing the scoop on the coolest backyard sandbox styles from big to small and classic to canopied guaranteed to deliver hours of entertainment.


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Step2 Crabbie Sandbox Kids Plastic Outdoor Sandbox with Cover


Mom and dad won't mind shelling out some dollars to snap up this Step2 Crabbie Sandbox Kids Plastic Outdoor Sandbox with Cover to entertain their tot. The super cute sandbox features two claw-shaped seats for the kid's to sit on and comes with a convenient cover for when playtime is over. This sandbox style is designed for kid's ages 1 and up and holds 300 pounds of sand.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
The sandbox is well made, has a cover to it, so even in rainy weather everything stays dry. My Granddaughter loves it!

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KidKraft Backyard Sandbox


Summer is no time to think outside of the box when there's so much fun to be had inside of this spacious KidKraft Backyard Sandbox. The wooden, weather-resistant sandbox features built-in seating for four and plenty of play space for the kids. This style is designed for children ages 2 to 8 and features a mesh cover to protect the sand when not in use.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
Easy to assemble. Large enough for a group of children to play together. Sturdy.

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Step2 Naturally Playful Sand Table


Your little one will be delighted to draw a line in the sand while playing in this Step2 Naturally Playful Sand Table. Perfect for smaller spaces, the elevated design makes building fun for toddlers and comes with a 5-piece accessory set to scoop, dig and build sand sculptures. It also includes a protective, molded table top cover that kids can use as a pretend racetrack for toy cars.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
It's great for my daughter. Very easy to assemble. Fun for both of us. The lid stays on and fun toys to go with it!

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Little Tikes Big Digger Sandbox


This Little Tikes Big Digger Sandbox is packed with constructive activities to encourage your tiny builder to dig all day long! This sandbox set comes with two plastic figures, a sand sifter, shovel, rake, sand cup and a dump truck to load and carry sand across the molded ramp and roadway which also serves as a top to cover the sandbox. Made for kids ages 3 and up.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
My son LOVES this sandbox. He really enjoys the large digger and dump truck that's included as well as the little play people. I really like it for him too, but I just wish it were a little bit bigger. One 50lb bag of sand from Lowe's was enough to fill it a little over 1/2 way full.

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Badger Basket Deluxe Covered Convertible Cedar Sandbox


Perfect for building castles in the sand, there's plenty of room for kiddos to play inside of this fabulous, wooden Badger Basket Deluxe Covered Convertible Cedar Sandbox. This spacious, canopied sandbox features two benches, which can support up to 200 pounds, for comfortable seating with a protective lid to keep it covered when not in use. This style holds up to 750 pounds of sand.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
So easy to put together, and my kiddos love it. Easy for them to open and close on their own.

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KidKraft Cabana Sandbox


This super cool, KidKraft Cabana Sandbox is a great way to beat the heat while having fun outdoors! Perfect for the kids to play in the sand while covered from the sun, this sturdy cabana style is made with weather-resistant wood and features a roll-up canvas cover and mesh windows. The sand capacity is 662 pounds.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
This sandbox is so nice! Great to be out of direct sun, fun for kids to have their own little spot!! Takes a while to put together but well worth it!!

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Be Good Company My Little Sandbox, Doggie Day Camp Play Set


What better way to while away the dog days of summer than with this Be Good Company My Little Sandbox? This Doggie Day Camp PlaySet is a soothing way for little pet lovers to play in the sand. The wooden, tabletop sandbox comes with a play mat, six plastic dogs, dog toys and accessories, a doggie bed and a dog house. It's designed for kids ages 3 and up and fun for mom and dad too!

What Reviewers Are Saying:
My grandson loves it! It was bigger than I anticipated too.

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KidKraft Pirate Sandboat


Batten down the hatches and prepare for a raging storm of activity! Kids can climb aboard this awesome KidKraft Pirate Sandboat with buckets and shovels in hand for a boatload of fun. This mighty sandbox, which features pirate-themed decorations, comes with a steering wheel and two large compartments for storage. It’s roomy enough to fit multiple mates. Ahoy!

What Reviewers Are Saying:
Well worth the price! It's made very well, and we were impressed at how organized the assembly instructions were. Our two girls love it as well as the neighbor kids!

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CoolSand 3D Sandbox Dino Discovery Edition


Kids, get ready for a roaring good time while playing with this portable CoolSand 3D Sandbox Dino Discovery Edition. Made with cool sand, mom will love that the moldable sand sticks together rather than ending up in every crevice of her kiddo's clothing. Kids can form shapes in the sand while creating exciting adventures with the 12 3D dino figures included in the set. This playful prehistoric set also comes with 10 shaping molds and a pound of CoolSand for an awesome afternoon of fun! Designed for kids ages 3 and up.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
My 5 yr old grandson just loves this sand. No worries about drying out and it's very moldable. He enjoys the dinosaurs but also puts in his small construction trucks in the box and will play for an hour, that's amazing! Very few toys will keep his attention for this long in peaceful play. Any sand that falls on our wood floor is swept up easily, and replacement sand is not that expensive. He's had his cool sand for about a year now and enjoys as much now as a year ago. We just bought another for a birthday gift.

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Kidwise Digasaurus Activity Sandbox with Cover


Your dinosaur-loving little one might not know much about fossils but make no bones about it, this Kidwise Digasaurus Sandbox is as cool as it gets! The activity sandbox features 3D dinosaur figures buried beneath the sand. It’s an awesome learning tool to teach your pint-sized paleontologist all about these prehistoric animals. The sandbox is designed to look like a rock formation and features a top lid to protect the sand. The suggested sand capacity is between 250 to 550 pounds.

What Reviewers Are Saying:
This is awesome! Everyone wants to know where I got it.