- one storage bin w/ a lid (I used one we had just cleaned out when we had our garage sale last month)
- one 50lb. bag of play sand @ $3.86 a bag at Lowe's (not all-purpose sand, it's specifically "play sand"... both are found near concrete in a hardware store)
- misc. measuring cups (my mis-matched ones from my kitchen)
- other sand-safe toys (I found a bag of construction vehicles for $.50 at a garage sale)
TOTAL COST: under $5 (since I used an old sweater storage bin)
Find a spot to put your sandbox in your yard, on your porch, etc... (This works even if you live in an apartment, because it's easy to sweep the sand off your patio that gets spilled out!) Pour the sand in, add some toys, and you now have a toddler sandbox for anywhere from $5-$15 (depending on if you have a storage bin lying around somewhere already). Make sure to put the lid back on so that no neighborhood kitties use it as a litter box!
My son is even learning to share with the neighbor girls:
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