I remember many a beach vacation as a child. The sand, the water, the locking the keys in the car–all like it was yesterday. I loved the beach so much that I used to recreate it on my bed by positioning my blanket and sheets. I would love to give my children a beach experience, but things have been a bit hectic this summer with a recent move and settling into a new house. But there’s no reason we can’t recreate that beach fun in our own yard!
Beach Fun at Home
My kids had actually been begging for a sand and water table for awhile that they saw at Costco. But it was not in our budget, so I had to think of a frugal way to accomplish the same thing. I found two clear plastic bins at Target for about $5 and some plastic scoops, sand toys, and a pitcher in the dollar section. They would be the perfect for the children to have fun digging and pouring.
But what to do about sand? I’ve seen bags of sand for sale for $5-7, but it comes in 50 pound bags that I really don’t to lug home. Fortunately, I came across a brilliant solution in my Facebook feed. Moon sand is very easy to make and can even be scented with essential oils. I can make a batch when the kids want to play and not have to keep a bag of sand from getting wet or ransacked by animals.
Of course, cleaning up moon sand can be a bit tricky. But that’s why they make water hoses, right? Plus, my daughter really loved the water component. I was cleaning up too many messes after she played in the bathroom sink. Now only the grass gets watered!
Unlike a full sand and water table, cleanup is a cinch! Just rinse out the bins and wash off the toys. The bucket are stackable and all the toys will fit inside one. You can store them with your other outdoor toys without having to worry about covering sand or attracting mosquitoes with standing water. Your kids will want to play with them all summer long!
We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
If you like this post you should read: