Indoor Oatmeal sandbox

Wednesday, January 07, 2009 Hand-posted by Jennifer

No, I’m not crazy.  I ran across a post the other night which intrigued me, an indoor sandbox.  It has poored the rain for the past two days and this has given my children great enjoyment and I’m so happy we tried it.

Mimi in sandboxMimi pouring sandMimi sandbox mess

Recipe to create your own:

1 shallow pan

1 or 2 cans of oatmeal (or cornmeal)

A variety of plastic toys


Instructions for how to use:

Lecture the kids to keep their toys in the box

Watch the kids play nicely with their little toys

Sit back and sigh when they love it so much the box can no longer contain the oatmeal because they are slinging it around with excited laughter.

Use dustpan to cleanup and pour back in oatmeal container now appropriately labeled SANDBOX so as not to be eaten.  Ewww.

I’m not kidding about this deal, it provided hours of fun for my kids while it rained outside.


  1. Tracey C. said...

    Don't take this the wrong way, but the "sandbox" looks like a cat litter box! Double EWWWW! LOL! I like the oatmeal idea for inside. We used a whole bag of flour OUTSIDE not too long ago. With little sticks and "trees" (branches), rocks and other outside finds, it kept my girls busy for EVER! Of course, they were all covered in flour when it was over, but it came off easily enough outside and rest washed away in tub. Lots of fun!

  2. Coupon Mommie said...

    Too funny! Cat litter box!
    -No, we do not have a cat.
    -Yes, it was oatmeal!

    The best thing about the oatmeal is that it is going to be reusable and doesn't get them too dirty.

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