Having a sandpit in the garden can be great fun for young kids. They’ll spend hours building sandcastles, digging holes and enjoying the sensory experience. It will also remind them of holidays at the beach. However, it’s not just a case of digging a hole and filling it with sand. There is also the issue of keeping unwanted visitors, such as the neighbourhood cats, out of this play area. You also need to consider where to put it.
Choosing a Spot for Your Sandpit
Ideally you want an area that is level and firm. It needs to be dry, with good drainage. This is because you don’t want it to become waterlogged or flood. The best position with regards the light will be an area that is partly in shade and partly in sunlight. That way the sun will be able to keep the sand dry and the shade will provide an amount of protection. In order to be able to keep an eye on your children while they are playing you should aim for a spot in the garden that is unobstructed, wherever you might be. When you’ve decided on a location it’s time to get on with construction.
Building a Sandpit
You will need to decide on the framework for your sandpit, otherwise you run the risk of the sand ending up all over the garden, or in your living room. A timber frame is the easiest option, but you could also use tiles, brick or stone. There are a number of useful websites you can visit for more ideas. Before filling the sandpit with sand you will have to line it. A weed suppressing membrane is a good idea, covered with gravel to provide good drainage. As well as keeping out the grass, it will also deter worms and many other kinds of bugs.
What to Fill Your Sandpit With
There are two options when it comes to filling your sandpit. Builders sand or play sand. Builders sand is used in the construction industry and while it may be a cheaper alternative, it is not really suitable for an area used by children. Play sand, on the other hand, is more expensive. However, it will have been through a number of processes that make it a much safer material for children to use. First it is washed and any unwanted debris is removed. It is then water blasted, which makes many of the larger grains of sand a little more rounded. The best type of play sand to buy is one that is certified. The relevant standard to look out for is EN 1177:2008.
When your construction is complete, don’t forget about making a cover. As well as preventing insects from enjoying the sandpit, it will also deter next doors kitties from using it as a litter tray.
Greenvale is a supplier of play sand and deliveries can be made 5 days a week.