Garden DIY: Build A Farm Tire Sand Box and Tee Pee

the teepee sandbox from donna and sherry play based learning

I fear I may have waited too long to build the sandbox for my kids. What age do you think that sand boxes become unexciting? I think around 6 or 7 but I am hoping that maybe I can stretch it a bit later?

I just fired off a message to a local tractor supplier to see if I can source some used tractor tires to make into a combo sand pit and retaining wall (I am thinking to back them into a hillside). If you google in your neighborhood for tractor tires I am sure you will be able to come up with some for yourself.

I am not a fan of big black blobs in my garden, but with some paint, I imagine I can create something that has a lot more character and charm.  I have just read some tips that say water based paint is better than oil based paint for the tires.  Does anyone have experience with this?

This Bamboo pole tent is quite simple construction. You can see how Donna and Sherry made this one at their fantastic Play Based Learning website. They cover it with sheets, bamboo screening, even animal hides; it’s all up to the kids and you, the builder.

images from Play based learning, pinterest and BonBonMom.

Also see Build and In-Tire Playground for more ideas.

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.

1 Comment

  1. Vicky on August 17, 2011 at 8:20 am

    It’s spelled Tipi. Cute ideas.

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