Make your own indoor sandbox to combat the dreary weather blues #How-To & DIY#It worked for me#creativity#diy#toddlers March 19 2013 | Guest post by Sarabeth Photos by Sarabeth. My nineteen-month-old children can't actually say that they're bored yet, but it's pretty easy to tell when they are. This week the city of Toronto has been a giant slushy and the minions haven't made it outside much: at daycare or at home. Even prison inmates get yard time, and after more than a day without outdoor play, someone's going to get shanked in their cell… err, crib. For my fellow math nerds, I've created a handy dandy formula to calculate the percentage of boredom and frustration experienced on rainy/snowy/cold days: (Number of Temper Tantrums in a 3 hour period X 3) + the number of children in your house sick or teething + (Number of fights over toys X 4) + (Incidents of hitting each other, you, anything breakable, or a pet X 5) + (the number of days housebound X 10) / The number of aspirin or drinks you have consumed This is how the formula worked out for me last night: (9 X 3) + 2 + (5 X 4) + (6 X 5) + (2 X 20)/ 1. That's a total of 119% boredom/frustration. So clearly, either my formula is flawed, or I need to start drinking more. Tonight, after another day of sleet, I decided that I'd find an activity to bring a little bit of summer into an otherwise crummy winter day. I did some on line research to look for some activities that were appropriate for toddlers and came across the Indoor Sandbox at Family Education. What you need: A large cardboard box, baby bathtub or other shallow large volume container (I cut down a diaper box to make mine) Sand (you can use uncooked rice, rice cereal, bird seed, cedar chips, shredded newspaper, puffed wheat or even real sand or potting soil) — I used half a bag of rolled oats Spoons, funnels, scoops cups, toy cars and things to play with in the Sand Box A sheet or tarp to put on the floor to help with clean up How you do it It took me around five minutes to set everything up — including cutting the box top down to a sandbox appropriate level, and another five minutes to clean up everything. In fact, I even repacked and labelled the oats to use again (we'll see how disgusting they get before I throw them out!). The activity was exactly what we needed — I got over 30 minutes to myself to make dinner and tidy the kitchen, and my kids had over 30 minutes to bliss out in the sandbox. Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Guest post written by Sarabeth Toronto mom explores the darkly comic side of parenthood as she raises and writes about her new life with her fraternal toddler twins Molly & Jack (aka - the minions) http://multiplemomstrosity.blogspot.ca/ PREVIOUS On the virtues of the comfy sweater, or: How sometimes old, green, and baggy is just right NEXT Why I consider "homemaker" one of my jobs Show/Hide comments [ 6 ] Rice boxes are so much fun! Reply My guy loves his baby bathtub full of blue and pink rice! Reply Great post and blog! Love the Minions! Reply My kiddo loves her oat box! Can't wait to stop sweeping it up and get outside though 🙂 Reply Winter this year has sucked. I have an 8 month old and live in Sudbury- for Jan/Feb it was -20 pretty much every day. BRING ON SPRING. Reply You can also use white flour—it's great for pretending that it snowed! My brother and I spent hours having matchbox cars deal with the snow emergency. My mother kept this flour in a canister (labelled 'play flour') and we'd spread it out on a small table in the kitchen. Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Subscribe me to your mailing list No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.