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Summer doesn't last forever, so we've got to make the most of it. The best place to start? Your own backyard! Like last year, inflatable pools and water toys are either hard to find or selling out fast. Similarly, many parents are on a quest to find the best sandbox. And for good reason!
Besides simply enjoying the outdoors (and perhaps even giving you a few minutes of peace and quiet) sandboxes offer kids of all ages a fun opportunity to learn and play at the same time. From helping develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination to learning how to share and take turns, sand play (and sensory exploration in general) is packed with developmental benefits.
We've rounded up the best sandboxes with covers (because nobody has time for wet sand or becoming the neighborhood wildlife port-a-potty) that are currently in stock and ready to ship. But don't wait—we're not sure how long they'll last!