Grab your bucket and spade and create your own sensational sandpit this summer.
Follow a simple step-by-step guide from Wickes to build your own sandpit
August 2016 – New research from home improvement specialist Wickes has found that almost two thirds (61 per cent) of Brits who want to create a kids play area in their garden are interested in creating a sandpit. To help you out, Wickes has created a simple step-by-step guide and how-to video so you can build your own. A sandpit is a great addition to any garden where young children play. Not only does it create a safe space where children can have fun and let their imaginations run free, but they’re also remarkably easy to build and maintain.
A sandpit is a great way to get children to play outside on warm summer days, allowing them to explore, dig, sift and build. Encouraging children to play and interact with the sand can unleash a world of imagination, while keeping them amused for hours. Bury toy dinosaurs and host an archaeological dig, add some water to make mud pies, or build a sandcastle decorated with stones and shells – the possibilities are endless.
Building a sandpit may not be child’s play, but it is very easy, and can even be done in an afternoon. With some sleepers, sand and some basic tools, plus a helpful step-by-step guide and how-to video, you can create a fun back garden space for your children. Now all you need is a bucket and spade!
Wickes has created seven simple steps to help you create your own sandpit:
1. Measure out and mark out the sleepers. Measure out and mark 900mm along the length of the 1.8m jumbo sleeper. From the mark, draw a saw guideline across the sleeper using the 90-degree guide marker on your saw. Continue the line around the two other visible sides so there are additional saw guidelines
2. Saw the sleepers and seal with wood preserver
Put on safety glasses and gloves and using a handsaw, saw the sleeper into two halves. These will form the end sections of the sand pit. Wearing safety gloves, seal the ends of the cut sleeper with wood preserver, following the safety and drying instructions
3. Mark the sleepers’ position and remove turf
Put the sleepers into position, making sure they are level before marking their position on the outside perimeter using a spade. Move the sleepers aside and dig a minimum of 25mm of the turf out, removing any roots or stones
4. Measure the weed fabric and secure it in place with nails
Measure enough weed fabric to cover the entire base of the sandpit. This may mean using several different sections of fabric. Cut the fabric with heavy-duty scissors and secure it in place by pushing long nails through the fabric and into the soil
5. Drill holes in the sleepers and screw together with exterior coach screws. Put the sleepers back into position on top of the fabric and drill two pilot holes into one corner of the long sleeper using the 10mm flat wood drill bit. Then attach the 32mm flat wood drill bit and drill approximately 10mm into the wood, this will allow for the screw head to be recessed. Take one of the 150mm exterior coach screws and place it into the hole, tighten it with the 17mm socket head and repeat for the other three corners
6. Sand down the corners and edges and fill with sand
Sand down the corners and edges of the sleepers with a palm sander to avoid any cuts or scrapes, wearing a dust mask and safety glasses. Add the sand and make sure to cover the sandpit when not in use, using a sheet of tarpaulin or a wooden cover.
For more detailed information on how to build your own sandpit, visit http://www.wickes.co.uk/how-to-guides/garden-landscaping/build-sandpit for a useful step-by-step guide, or http://www.wickes.co.uk/how-to-videos/garden-landscaping/build-sandpit for a how-to video.