Adding stumps and other balancing elements creates a sand play area that is so much more than just a sand box. This appeals to a much wider age range than a box of sand. Can become a fire pit when the kids get older.
Husband built this kidney shaped stacked flagstone sandbox. It's approximately Perfect option for an area that is not level. The ground toward the tall grass in the picture is actually lower than the tallest end. This would be great for a firepit too!
A Dry river bed instead of a traditional sand pit. Large and smaller river rock lining a sand river with tree stumps, ferns and toys. This is a home daycare that has a lot of natural play elements in their backyard play environment.