Kids Gazebo
Posted by on 14 Sep 2010 in Kids' Gazebos, etc., Plans | 22 comments
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So far, we’ve been focusing on gazebos and pergolas that are largely for adults to enjoy and use (which isn’t to say that children couldn’t use them too).

But, they needn’t feel left out – enter the Gazebo Sandbox!

Now, building this for your own kids is great (yes, you do have to build this yourself from the supplied plans, but more of this later), but if you don’t want the neighborhood kids over at your house all day, every day, then we advise you not to build this project!

The sandbox area itself is 40 inches wide, and there is plenty of seating all around.

The roof provides partial shade from the sun overhead, while still letting some light shine through.

Overall, the design is very attractive, it’s suitable for even small gardens or yards, and with the sides being completely open, it won’t ruin your view.

Now, we did say that you need to build this from plans, but the good news is that you will only need common, easily-available materials to build this simple construction.

If you enjoy DIY, or are even just getting started at woodworking, then you’ll be able to follow the plans without any problems.

The plans themselves come with a complete bill of materials, measured drawings, photos and full written instructions.

So, give your kids their very own Gazebo Sandbox (which is.seven feet tall and five feet wide) and be their hero.

Warning!

Remember, the tools and equipment you will need to build items such as this Gazebo Sandbox are dangerous, so any young children must be closely supervised, either by another adult – the one doing the building will be too busy concentrating on the construction to be able to do this safely – or by a responsible, older child.

Now, while we’ve got you thinking about fun things you can build for your kids, we have two other great ideas for you.

Child's Octagonal Picnic TableFirstly, we have the Child’s Octagonal Picnic Table, which is a small version of a similar, adult-sized table.

It’s designed to seat eight kids, although we make no guarantees about what will happen when you get that many children together at once!

Even with eight children, the table and seating is sturdy and safe, and it’s definitely worth spending a little extra on cedar, as shown in the first picture, to the right.

Building A Child's Octagonal Picnic TableThe large, fold-out plan includes a list of all the materials you need, easy-to-read measured drawings, and complete written instructions.

As you can see from this second photo, it’s probably best if you have at least two people working on this Child’s Octagonal Picnic Table, which will end up measuring 22″ H x 48″ W x 48″ L (if you make it correctly, of course).

(Yes, there is a third person in this photo, but he’s just fooling around under the table.)

Fort With SlideSecondly, and this project does look a little more ambitious although it will definitely be worth the effort, we have a Fort With Slide.

Now, while we’re sure that your kids would really enjoy a play fort if you bought one for them, they usually cost hundreds of dollars, but if you build one for them yourself, your children will appreciate the effort you’ve put in when you finish this project (and you’ll save money too).

Although it may look complex, this play fort features a simple but sturdy construction, and there is an optional sandbox underneath the fort (as well as one at the end of the slide).

The finished fort should measure six feet square, and should be ten feet tall at the very top – and if it’s not, that probably means you left a vital component out. (Of course, you will need to allow additional space for the slide and the sandbox at the bottom.)

As with all of these plans, you’ll receive a list of materials you’ll need (items such as the canvas rainshield, slide and other hardware materials are commonly available at local fabric and hardware stores), measured drawings and clear instructions.

And don’t worry if you get stuck building this impressive-looking Fort With Slide – Monday through Friday, you’ll have access to customer support should you need it.

My Personal Tool SetLastly, we’d hate your kids to feel left out while you’re busy building all these great projects for them, so why not buy them their very own (play) tool set.

My Practical Tool Set comes with 39 pieces that can be used on a table or floor; it has plenty of tools, screws, nails and bolts to tighten, screw, unscrew, hammer – over and over again!

Young builders will be able to practise very simple mechanics with this compact tool set. Convenient slots hold the tools and wood so the work surface remains ready for their next building project.

A Final Word

While building fun things for your kids is enjoyable in its own right, don’t forget that you can also use this activity as a valuable learning experience too.

Those who have built things with their own hands know only too well how satisfying this is, and let’s face it, with today’s focus on computers and gadgetry, craftsmanship is a bit of a dying art.

This means you should try to pass on such skills to your own children, be they boys or girls (after all, there’s no need to start your kids off with a sexist attitude), and teach them some of the fundamentals (e.g. the good old, “measure twice, cut once” rule) of working with your hands as well as with your brain.

Learning how to use tools (safely, of course) will improve their coordination and fine motor control, their ability to judge distances and weights (i.e. visual and spatial skills), the basics of engineering, the importance of using renewable materials, and so much more.

So, all you need to go now is …

get building!

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22 Responses to ““Kids Gazebo”

  1. Alam Ghafoor says:

    The fort with slide looks excellent,i want one.Though I’m not sure who will be spending the most time on it,me or my son!

    http://alamghafoor.com/

    • Rae And Mark says:

      Alam,

      Just remember that if you’re making one for yourself (and why not?), you’ll need to make it somewhat larger. :-)

  2. Rob Northrup says:

    This is a very cool gazebo and I think that young children would love it…

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  3. Finally a gazebo designed for me!
    Christian
    Leadership is a Choice

  4. Eva says:

    I didn’t know you also make wood toys! they are very nice!

  5. Don Hill says:

    Sandbox… Now it’s a party :)

    Don
    http://donhillonline.com

  6. Looks like a fun gazebo for kids to play in!

    Michael
    The Success Secrets

  7. I love the covered sandbox gazebo. Great idea.

    Sabrina Peterson, NASM CPT, CES
    Corrective Exercise for Every Body

  8. Bryan says:

    My kids would love that! It is practical and would replace the ugly turtle sandbox we have in our yard.

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  9. Dennis Perry says:

    Now that is some fun stuff. Sure makes the old sand box I played in as a kid look pretty plain.

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  10. That is a very cool gazebo. Kinda like the swiss army knife of gazebos.

    Steve

  11. Hi Mark,

    I find the sandbox gazebo both looks very attractive, and is a brilliant way to construct a 21st c eye appealing sandbox.

    Is the main benefit of there being the over gazebo top the fact that it offers some sun protection? I know modern mums and dads apply sunblock onto the kids whose child skin is super delicate and extra sensitive to the sun’s rays. However, this gazebo offers additional protection?

    Any other reasons why a family would want THIS sandbox gazebo rather than just a sandbox?

    Happy Dating and Relationships,

    April Braswell
    Baby Boomer Dating Expert

    • Rae And Mark says:

      April,

      Yes, although the roof is slatted, it will keep most of the sun out.

      Other than that, it just looks nicer than a plain old sandbox. :-)

  12. Ricky says:

    I think this Couldbe a great gift for my Daughter…
    I hope she is going to Love it!!!

    Thanks a Lot
    Ricky!

  13. Ashley Russell says:

    I had one of these when i was a kid, it looks exactly like the one in the picture – brings back the memories. :)

  14. Nick says:

    Looks awesome for kids! Very stylish but also practical for the little ones.

  15. karris says:

    This would be great playhouse for my child.

    I think they’ll have fun, while still being out in the open and the fresh air.

    Nice.

  16. Mike Bell says:

    A gazebo sandbox! Now that’s cool.

    Thanks for all the kid-oriented ideas, the play tool-set is a great gift idea, something my little boys would love to have.

  17. Amy says:

    What wonderful craftsmanship. This is the most eye catching sandbox I’ve come across to date.

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