Are Sandpits really just for Children?

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Children love the sandpit - it’s fun, interactive and can even be educational. Children learn through doing and the sandpits can inspire imaginative play as well as creativity and problem solving. Furthermore, the sandpit is a good space to interact and spend some quality time together.

7 Easy Steps How to…….

1) Location –.Position in a setting that is easily visible from house viewpoints as it will be a popular facility. The Sandpit shouldn’t be exposed to constant sunlight, nor entirely shaded either. Avoid areas that tend to be subject to dampness or rain retention for drainage purposes.

2) Dimensions – The benefit of creating your own Sandpit is that it can be bespoke to your requirements. Measure an appropriate size for your landscape, but consider that it is likely to be a temporary feature and that Children often play alone, so it doesn’t need to take over. 1.5m2 is advisory.

3) Digging – Mark the perimeter on the outer edge, installing small posts and string as an outline to create a boundary. Using a spade, dig the entire area to a depth of approximately 8 inches, levelling and compacting the ground as you go.

4) Building Walls –.Railway Sleepers are a hardwearing and affordable solution for this project. 8 Sleepers, spread over 2 levels will give you a solid Sandpit. Place the bottom layer of sleepers in to the footings and screw them together at the corner allowing 50mm of the screw in to the adjoining Sleeper. Drill holes in the Sleeper face at 75cm intervals, approximately 25mm wide by 75mm deep before tapping 150mm dowels in to the holes. Replicate the hole positioning on the 2nd tier of Sleepers, before stacking and creating an interlocked structure.

5) Line the Box – Remove any roots, weeds or stones.  Use landscape membrane to cover the dug area, running up the Sleeper, and tacking at the join of the two tiers. Cut small holes in each corner to allow drainage.

6) Cover – Sandpits are renowned for attracting other things besides Children. Create a cover, to keep Dogs, Cats and Garden debris at bay. Measure the inner perimeter, attach 4 Wooden Battens together with screws, and then fix a solid Wooden top for a removable lid.

7) Finishing – Treat the Sleepers with a protective paint and fill the Sandpit with Sand. 1 Mini Load should be more than sufficient and allows plenty spare for frequent replenishment to ensure hygiene. You could even apply Deckboards to the exterior for a fantastic visual appearance

Materials Required – Skip / Fence Posts / Railway Sleepers / Wooden Battens / Sand / Protective Paint / Fixings / Deckboards /  Membrane

Micks Handy Tips – Why not supplement your new Sandpit with our extensive leisure aids, including Swimming Pools and Trampolines, to add those all important extra touches.

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