Tuesday, April 25, 2017

How To Make a Construction Pit for Kids: An Easy & Inexpensive DIY

How to make a construction pit for kids - an easy and inexpensive DIY

Over the past two years, I've been working hard to turn our backyard into an inviting space for my kids. Of course, I have dozens of projects on my to do list and not enough time to complete even a fraction of them! I did, however, manage to create a fun construction pit for my kids in 10 short minutes, for less than $20. The end result was an instant hit!


Backyard Construction Pit

This DIY backyard project is very easy to do and inexpensive! It definitely helped that we already had a space for it, but creating the border can be very simple. Creating our construction pit only took a few minutes of time, and the kids loved it so much, that it made me regret not doing it sooner!

Easy & Inexpensive DIY Construction Pit for Kids


This DIY Construction Pit can be completed in just a few simple steps! The finished project is like a large sandbox with a fun twist!

The first thing you need to do is find a spot for your construction pit and create the border. I decided to use the built in sandbox space at the bottom of our wooden swingset. It was filled with mulch and held our plastic sandbox, but since it was already framed, I moved out the sandbox and got to work!

Once you find the spot, making the border is easy. Although you could build a frame by measuring and nailing pieces of wood together, it's even easier to use logs, large rocks or bricks. That also gives it a more natural feel!

After the border is built, all you need to do is fill it!

Backyard Construction Pit

Supplies: 

  • Bags of small rocks or gravel
  • Shallow planter
  • Potting soil or mulch


I opted to use sand pebbles because they were large and smooth. I used 5 bags for the 16 square feet space, and at just $3 a bag, it was a steal!

How To:

  1. Place the shallow planter in the middle of the construction pit. 
  2. Empty the bags of rocks into the construction pit and use a rake to spread them evenly. Make sure the rocks are level with the top of the planter. 
  3. Fill the shallow planter with potting soil or mulch, so your kids have a place to dig easily. (This could also be filled with water!)
  4. Place construction vehicles inside the construction pit. (Plastic sand toys work great!)


Backyard Construction Pit

Backyard Construction Pit

Backyard Construction Pit
DIY Construction Pit for Kids
Backyard Construction Pit

Liam and Lily immediately fell in love with this incredibly easy to make Construction Pit! Even my too-cool tweens were spotted doing some digging. And just FYI, this construction pit is not just for boys! 


Construction Pit

Construction Pit

Construction Pit

Construction Pit

Construction Pit

Construction Pit

Construction Pit

Construction Pit

Construction Pit

Construction Pit

Construction Pit


I made the construction pit on Sunday and my kids have already logged in hours playing in it. My always barefoot, truck-loving, mess-making boy is in his glory, and Lily loves digging with the construction vehicles! It's truly one of the easiest, most fun play spaces I've added to our backyard! Who wants to come over to play?


DIY Backyard Construction Pit for Kids


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15 comments:

  1. Your construction pit looks like so much fun; Liam and Lily are just the cutest. It also looks a lot less messy than sand. What a great idea!

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  2. I love this idea!! So much fun! I know my girls would love something like this

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  3. Adorable! Digging in the rocks is WAY less messy than digging in the dirt, lol

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  4. I love this idea! Definitely will have to create it for my crazy littles.

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  5. That is so cool. I feel like my kids would love that!

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  6. Our kiddos would be in absolute heaven! They are both obsessed with rocks so they would probably be more interested in looking at those than playing. And then they'd want to take them all inside to put in their rock collections. Haha.

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  7. Love this!! Great idea and less mess, too!

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  8. This is such a great idea! I love how sometimes the simplest projects are the biggest hits.

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  9. Girlfriend - This is amazing! Just another great idea from you that I need to add to the list of things to do over here! Love it!

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  10. I love this so much and want to make one now! My kids would love it!!

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  11. This is such a fun idea! We have pea gravel in our swing set area that Parker loves digging in. I need to get her some trucks and diggers!

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  12. i can't wait to buy home next year so we can make one of these ! We can only do so much to our yard in this rental!

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  13. This is so cute! What a good idea! Totally pinning this for when we move!

    XO!

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  14. What a fun idea! It turned out so cute!!

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  15. I love this idea!! So much fun! I know my girls would love something like this
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