Looking for an inexpensive way to keep your kids busy this summer? This DIY Construction Play Area can be easily created with items you probably already have around the house!
Once I stopped working, Vinny stopped going to daycare full-time. Financially it wasn’t something we could continue to do one income. Stopping daycare also allows him to attend his Autism (ABA) Therapy every morning. Which is something we have been wanting to do since he was diagnosed but couldn’t make happen while I was working full time.
One downside of Vinny being out of daycare was that I had to quickly find ways of keeping him busy in the afternoon. Being in my third trimester of pregnancy made this a little more difficult. Since I wasn’t able to run around and play with him as much as I would have liked I was struggling to find activities for him.
Once easy and free activity we found is this DIY construction play area. We simply poured a bag of landscaping rocks into a small plastic baby pool and added a few construction trucks. That’s it! It really is that simple!!! We used 1 bag of rocks, but you could easily use 2.
We already had the baby pool and the landscaping rocks taking up extra space in our garage, so this cost us nothing to make. I know a lot of people have an old plastic baby pool that their child has grown out of and they aren’t using anymore. If that’s the case all you need is the rocks.
If you don’t have a plastic baby pool you can pick one up for around $9. You can purchase a bag of pea gravel rocks for around $4 a bag from Walmart or any home and garden store like Lowes or Home Depot. Making the total for this DIY construction play area around $13!!!!
We placed our construction play area on our deck. This keeps it out of the elements and keeps my son in the shade while he plays. Being on our deck also allows me to relax on our patio furniture with my feet up while he plays. And at the end of pregnancy, I’ll take any opportunity to relax with my feet up!
I feel like this construction play area has a few benefits over a traditional sandbox. It’s a lot cleaner, you don’t have to worry about neighborhood cats using it as a cat box. It’s also lower maintenance, you don’t need to cover it after every use.
If you don’t have a covered patio or similar area to keep it out of the rain I suggest you drill or cut a few holes along the bottom edge of the pool. This will allow any rainwater to escape and water won’t collect in the pool.
Do you have any inexpensive DIY projects that keep your kids busy during the summer? If so I would love to hear about them in the comments below!