Recently we were gifted with a Crabby sandbox for the monsters. With warmer weather moving in I started doing my typical price comparison online for where I could get the most sand for the least price.
Then I found this article on sandbox sand, written by Katy at Non-Toxic Kids.
Yike. Cancer causing sand? REALLY!?!?!? I looked around & sure enough most of the 'playground' or 'sandbox' sand sold locally through most large retail stores here is labeled with 'Not for sale in California'.
So I started the search for safe, non-toxic, silcia & asbestos free sand. I found two companies, Silica Free Sand and Safe Sand. Biggest downfall? Price. You're looking at $1+ per pound for sand, which is in the neighborhood of $50-60 for a small sand/water table & upwards of $200 for a standard sized sandbox. No thanks.
My solution to this year's sandbox dilemma....dirt. It's available for as little as $1/bag & harmless. For the monsters, digging is digging. Rather be safe than sorry! =)