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On warm sunny days, playing in a sand pit is definitely a better pastime for children than computer games. Trucks, buckets, and shovels add to the fun of burying objects, digging holes, moving the sand around, and building sand castles.

A sand pit with canopy or cover keeps little ones safe from the sun and rain. Other considerations include material, commonly plastic or wood, and ease of assembly. Encourage your children's creativity and let them get their hands on sand.