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Frugal Friday: DIY Backyard Toys

Posted By Jessica Fisher On April 10, 2009 @ 3:51 am In Family Fun,Frugal Friday | 28 Comments


I’ve been the mom of toddlers for about ten years or so. In my earlier years I wanted my child to have the very best of everything. What mom doesn’t? But, back then, I thought “best of everything” meant brand new and expensive.

I didn’t know that, richer or poorer, kids really don’t need much to keep themselves happy and occupied. In fact, over the years, we’ve discovered that the fewer bells and whistles, the happier the child — and the parents.

That said, one of the things that I’ve always wanted for my little ones was a sand and water table [5]. I have great memories of my own backyard sandbox and the hose that inevitably joined us.

For years I would walk past the display in Walmart or Target and I would pine for one. But, 50 or 60 bucks just didn’t seem right. And, since I’m not too experienced on the garage sale/thrift store circuit, I’d never found one along that avenue either.

Make Your Own Sand and Water Table

Instead, this past week, I decided to make one myself. We already had a small kid-sized table and a bunch of bath toys. I bought two “under the bed” boxes for $5.50 each at Walmart and threw in a newer set of sand/water toys for another $5. My mom had picked up 4 bags of playsand for $1/bag on clearance last fall and donated those to our cause.

One box gets filled with fresh water, the other holds the sand. The littles have had a blast playing with their new backyard toys. Cleanup is a snap as we put the lid on the sandbox and empty the water from the other box and use it to hold all the toys.

Sand and Water Tables: $11, $9 for the additional toys and sand
The fun they’ve had: Priceless


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