We've had the little turtle sandbox since Sadie was just a toddler. In the past few years, we've realized it's a bit small for three kids... particularly one with a machinery lot full of construction equipment.
The joy of digging is a PASSION for Grant. There is no denying that he loves it. People who have only known him for minutes of time could guess that he "digs" dirt.
Our garden has been the resource for a larger digging area for the past few (muddy) months. But now that it is planted, we needed a new spot for Grant.
To justify a change/purchase for Daddy, I pitched the plan with a "kill two birds" approach. We have a low spot in the back yard that becomes a muddy puddle area anytime it rains or we play with the sprinkler or pool. And we have a small patio. To give better drainage to the wet spot, I suggested putting a sandbox there. And in case we ever want to extend our patio, the sand/gravel would make a good foundation for new concrete.
Come on over and play!