Building a Brick Sand Pit

What You'll Need
Sand pit sand
Nylon string
Wooden props

A sand pit is a wide container or depression that is filled with sand in which kids can play in. Sandpits are great places where children can exercise their creativity. A lot of homeowners build sand pits since, unlike other playground equipment, it can be easily constructed.  Building a sand pit is very easy, and you do not need to possess extensive carpentry skills to build one. In fact, you can finish making a DIY sand pit in less than a day.

Step 1 - Prepare the Area where the Sand Pit will be Built

Determine the size of the sand pit that you are going to build. Use a nylon string tied around the wooden props to make an outline on the area. Once done, use a shovel to excavate within the area. You can ask an assistant to expedite the excavation process. Make sure that the depth of the hole that is dug out is 400mm from the ground surface. Compact the excavated area by stamping down on it.

Step 2 - Pour Concrete into the Hole

Prepare the foundation by mixing cement, sand, stone and water, according to the instructions of the cement manufacturer. Use a shovel to mix everything well, and pour the concrete to the excavated area. Make sure to fill the hole up until 80mm. This will serve as the foundation. Let the foundation dry before proceeding to the next step.

Step 3 - Lay the Bricks

Mark the brick lines on the dry foundation. Make sure that the brick line is 70mm away from the edge of the foundation. Lay the bricks along the brick line. Lay the bricks side by side and use a mixture of brick cement and water to adhere the bricks. Use a trowel to apply mortar to the bricks.  To make the walls sturdy, lay 2 bricks side by side with one another to construct a thick foundation. When building the brick wall, make sure that the wall is higher than the grass, to avoid rain water running off into the sand pit. Build the brick wall, until it is about 100mm high or more. Make sure that the bricks are straight. Let the bricks dry before you proceed to the next step.

Step 4 - Fill the Empty Sand Pit with Sand

Once the bricks and the foundation are dry, fill in the sand pit with clean river sand or sand pit sand. Make sure that you do not fill the entire sand pit with sand. Leave a few inches below the top of the sand pit to prevent the sand from spilling onto the grass.  It is important that you replace the sand twice a month since the sand can get dirty over time. After the pit is filled with sand, you children can play in the sand pit immediately.