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How much sand does a Green Turtle Sandbox Need?

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Jurassic Sands Recommended Sand Amount for Green Turtle Sandboxes

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Much like the Radio Flyer Wagon and Lincoln Logs, the Little Tikes Green Turtle is an iconic childhood toy. Despite its familiarity, many ask how much sand is needed for their Green Turtle sandbox to be fully enjoyed. This is a common question we at Jurassic PlaySands get asked. We know it can be confusing hearing about the manufacturer's recommended amount (150 pounds) as opposed to the max capacity (300 pounds). In order to be enjoyed for years and generations to come, we've compiled recommended amounts of sand as your child grows:

  • Children between the ages of 1-2 require 50 pounds, approximately a 1 inch layer of sand.
  • Children 3 years of age require 100 pounds, approximately a 2 inch layer of sand.
  • Children ages 4 and up require 150 pounds, approximately a 3 inch layer of sand. 
Be sure to check out our sandbox sand collections!

The reason younger children need less sand is that lots of sand gets shoveled out. We all know little ones love to dig and explore, but this results in sand outside your sandbox, so we encourage you to test with a small layer first before adding more. You may also want to consider purchasing extra sand so you can replace any spilled sand or add more as your children and grandchildren grow.

This is what each level of sand looks like in a Little Tikes Green Turtle Sandbox.

How much a green turtle sandbox holds

We used Original Jurassic Playsand in our Green Turtle Sandbox

Even if you don't have a green turtle sandbox visit our calculator to find how much sand your sandbox needs.

Be sure to watch our guide on 'How to Choose The Best Playsand for Your Sandbox'.

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