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Create your own indoor sandbox, or try one of these ideas for enjoy sand, sun and summer fun.

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Be sure to check out the idea for using the indoor sandbox in an RV or making an oatmeal box instead!


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Indoor Sand Box

Materials List

  • large plastic bin with a lid
  • sand
  • toys (cars, animals, people...)


  1. Use a large plastic container with a lid (eg. rubbermaid bin for under the bed )
  2. Fill the bin with sand.  Be sure to leave 3-4 inches at the top to reduce spills.
  3. Let the children pick out some of their toys for the new sandbox.


  1. You can buy a large bag of sand for under $5. at a hardware or garden store.
  2. Get mini buckets, shovels or funnels for the children to play with.
  3. Think about where you can store it, then get a bin that will fit that space.


"I don't have the space or money for a fancy sandbox
but knew that my three toddlers would love one.  With the indoor sandbox, they're having F-U-N for hours on end.

Thank you to Zissy F. for sending in this project idea.


Idea for indoor sandbox in an RV

We have an indoor sandbox, but we actually use it outside. We keep it in the basement of our RV and take it out when we get to where we are going. No bored kids! We actually attract a crowd of kids who want to play! We call it our portable sand box. And we always have an extra bag of sand on hand to refill what gets left behind.

Thank you to Robin H. for sending in this idea!


Indoor Oatmeal Box

Instead of a winter sand box, I have a big box of oatmeal. When my daughter was younger, I was always afraid that she'd take handful of sand in her mouth. So, instead of eating the sand, she ate the oatmeal. She loved playing in it with normal sand toys, and I liked it because it was easier to clean up. I didn't have grains of sand all over my house. 

Thanks to Jody R. for sharing this idea!


Looking for some interesting beach toys?  How about a science experiment with sand?


Send us a note if you have any questions. Let us know your ideas for sand projects, and we'll share them with other visitors.   send email to Creative Kids at Home

Note for Parents:

Every parent must use their own judgment in choosing which activities are safe for their own children.  While Creative Kids at Home makes every effort to provide activity ideas that are safe and fun for children it is your responsibility to choose the activities that are safe in your own home.



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