Imaginative Play: Construction Sand Box

I enjoy creating small world play scenes for my kids. They are surprisingly easy to set up (read this handy post by Kate at Picklebums for tips).  Another great thing about this sort of play is you can set it up and it sparks the children’s imagination and I find they tend to play for hours; great for the weekend and holidays.  You can find previous play trays we have done here: Imaginative Play Scenes.

My son loves the sand pit at school, and we don’t have one at home, however, from time to time I’ll buy sand and use it in a large underbed container for play (like this Desert Island Scene). This time, we decided on a construction theme.

Materials Used

Underbed storage container (this is great because it comes with a lid which is handy for storage and keeps the sand clean when the box is not in use)

Play Sand (I used a 10kg bag – it was under $8 at Bunnings)


Small vehicles

Construction Play Scene for Kids

Set up

Set up is as simple as dumping the sand into the container, adding a few rocks and the vehicles. Boom!

Construction Play Scene for Kids

Construction Play Scene for Kids

Construction Play Scene for Kids

Construction Play Scene for Kids

Construction Play Scene for Kids

Paver Roads 

We added paver roads to the play too, and you can read more about it here: Imaginative Play – Paver Roads.

Imaginative Play - Paver Roads


Wood Roads

Rock Play Garden

Imaginative Play Scenes

Imaginative Play – Paver Roads

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Kelly loves life at both ends of the spectrum: wearing high heel shoes one day and hiking boots the next; sipping tea out of a pretty cup and slurping hot coffee from a camping mug; challenging herself physically and stopping for quiet unhurried moments to feel the wind on her face. Kelly and her husband Matthew seek to live a fun and adventurous life with their four children and pet bird.

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