Children's Construction Site {DIY}

Young children have a passion for big machines and dirt. Especially (though not exclusively) boys!  Does your child stare in amazement each time you go by a construction site?  Why not make his or her dreams come true by giving them a play area to use their own diggers and dump trucks?  We made our children a child-sized construction site.
All you need is some dirt (real dirt, not potting soil!) and stones.  Add a shovel and a construction vehicle  or two and make your child's dreams come true!  If you give your children the freedom to dig up the grass, you will not need to add dirt, just let them dig deep.

And your child will feel like he is doing this:

Below, you can see the construction site's former look.  It is below the playhouse on the swing set my husband built for the children.  Big Sister was enjoying a book there.
I know many families have sandboxes, but I vetoed that idea quickly.  For one thing, it's always windy at our home.  (Seriously!)  For another, I don't like sand and don't want it tracked through my home.  Dirt is actually easier to sweep, in my opinion.  Or maybe I just say that.  However, this is so much better than a sandbox.

We had actually discussed creating a much larger area for Brother, but in the end, it made sense to place it under the swing set.  It's in the shade, too!  Brother began calling it the "Construction Site" before we did.  And now his diggers and dump trucks get properly used!  For too long, we called them indoor toys, and limited them (and him) to it.

The dirt for the child-sized construction site came from digging large holes in the ground last fall.  We had planted a few trees, and my husband had kept the dirt until this spring when he placed it in the construction site.  Our acre of land has an abundant amount of fist-sized (and larger) rocks which were perfect for the construction site.  Adding a few trucks thrilled our son!  Our 6 year old daughter also plays there.

Brother's construction vehicles are now outdoor toys.  They are stored out of the elements in our garage.

How can you thrill your child today?

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~ Annette {This Simple Mom}


  1. This is a great idea! We fixed up a sandbox for the boys last year, until we discovered(on the bag) that the sand had been proven to cause cancer(not "may", but proven). We did away with that craziness pretty quickly! We've been wanting to fix them something better than our dirt driveway, though.

    I'll show Jonathan your playhouse/swing set! He's been wanting to build one, too. It looks great! :)

  2. I'm with you on the sand. I can't bring myself to have it around. I just keep thinking of how much it rains and how disgusting it would be then.

  3. Great post i must say and thanks for the information. Education is definitely a sticky subject. However, is still among the leading topics of our time. I appreciate your post and look forward to more.

  4. When I was a kid my friends and I enjoyed many hours playing in a sandpit, but these days you never know what might be in that sand or whether the local cats and wildlife use it as an outhouse. It's a shame.


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