I’m in Chicago, and all the materials for this project, including the sand, cost me about $30. I had to Macgyver it a bit…my Home Depot did not carry the 3-way connector (the corner piece) that was listed, but I just used a couple adapters that were about $0.20 a piece and it worked out just fine.
I also purchased a pipe cutter, which was a total waste of money and ended up getting returned. It was much easier and faster to use a hacksaw, as the cuts don’t have to be perfectly straight because of the connectors.
Another tip, buy more than one Sterilite container so you can have both a sand table as well as a water table without having to empty one out. These containers have lids, so it’s super easy to stack and store them.
Other sensory ideas to fill up those containers:
– Fuzzy, puff balls
– Rice, beans, dried noodles (hide little treasures in the rice if your child is old enough!)
– Shaving cream with food coloring
– Finger paint
– Shredded paper
Let me know if you have any other ideas!