For about six months, I have had this huge sandbox in its original box propped up against the wall in my house. After spending a couple hundred dollars on it, we haven’t opened it or set it up for the kids for one reason — I’m afraid they’ll eat the sand.
We have three toddlers. One of them is completely over mouthing things, but the other two — not so much. So my fear is that I’ll set up their big beautiful sandbox, fill it with sand, and that they will sit there eating sand all day.
I’m not one of those crazed moms who doesn’t like their kids to get dirty, fears every germ and illness, and wants their kids to live in a bubble. So, I’m not sure why I think my children can play in sand, but I have decided that I need to get over it.
I’ve committed to setting up the sandbox next weekend. The weather is nice, and it will be fun for them (even if they eat a few grains).
Though sandboxes are a lot of fun for kids, I am aware that they can unsafe if you aren’t careful. Cats (and other wildlife) may use your sandbox as a large litter box. And the feces left behind harbor bacteria and parasites that can infect little ones. Sandboxes can also attract worms, mosquitoes, spiders and other bugs.
However, you can stop animals and insects from infiltrating your sandbox by keeping it covered with a tarp, wood or other fitted cover when you aren’t using it. Also check the sandbox often to make sure that animals haven’t found their way in. Kids shouldn’t put sand in their mouths and should always wash their hands right after playing in a sandbox. With these few simple precautions, your sandbox can be safe (and fun) for your wee ones.