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Clam Shell SandPit - wet sand wont dry out
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Posted 30 August 2006 - 03:51 PM
I was not sure where to post this, so here goes.
We brought our son one of those clam shells that you can use as a pool or sand pit a month or so ago and got some washed sand from Bunnings (specifically for kids sandpits). The sand was wet (in the bag) when we got it and we put it straight into the clam shell. We leave the lid on the clam shell as we have a cat and we dont want her using it as a litter tray. The problem is, is that the sand has never dried from the day we brought it! I presume the cold nights just make it worse but has anyone else experienced this?? I have thought about leaving it out in the sun, but would this make it worse? I need to keep the lid left on because of the cat!
My son is desperate to play in his sand pit (he continually points at it and tries to get the lid off!)
Posted 30 August 2006 - 04:08 PM
We're in the same boat. I just let DD play in it. It doesn't soak through her clothes and dusts off pretty well when she finally gets out. It's easier to make sandcastles when it's like this anyway.
Posted 30 August 2006 - 05:51 PM
Ours is the same too although not as wet as it was. We do leave ours open during the day and it gets a bit of sun.
Maybe put something like green mesh over the top of it during the day so it can get some air and the sun will get though but keep the cat off???
Posted 31 August 2006 - 06:57 PM
Leave in in the sun. Ours dries out even with the lid on. If the sand is soaked through it might take a while.
Posted 01 September 2006 - 08:18 PM
I close my clamshell lid if I'm not around as there's a stray cat in the neighbourhood. If I'm home and in and out then I "air" it. Our sand pit is in the sun and in winter leaving the lid on in the sun seemed to cause more dampness. I think a nice sunny spring day is all it takes to dry out the sand. It helps if you're around to rake it every now and again.
Posted 05 September 2006 - 10:25 AM
Thanks for your replies
We left the sand pit out in the sun with the lid off on Saturday (had a beautiful sunny day)while we were out gardening and the sand dried out
We did have to dig around and move the sand around so that it all dried though - DS was most impressed
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