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.
Collect a number of recycled tires and paint them with children. After painting all tires, place them into the shape of a flower, add dirt and plants. Assist children with planting flowers and watering them afterwards. The tires can be sourced from home,