How to Make a Gravel Pit

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How to Make a Gravel Pit
A gravel pit is an alternative to a sandbox for older children to play in and explore. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Gravel pits are used to collect water in third world countries. In other places, gravel pits are alternative places for children to explore and play. Children built a gravel pit to get hands-on experience with natural materials and to learn teamwork in a Long Island Children's Museum project. Sandboxes are recommended for children under 10 years old. But if you have children 10 and older, enlist them and their friends to help you make a gravel pit in your backyard.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Shovel
  • Wood sticks
  • String
  • Tape measure
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Landscape lining
  • Scissors
  • 2- to 3-pound stones

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  1. 1

    Dig a hole 2 inches square and 3 inches deep on level ground with a small shovel. Pour three cups of water in the hole. If the water drains within three minutes, the area is a good spot for the gravel pit. Drainage is important to prevent flooding.

  2. 2

    Measure out a rectangle and mark each corner with a wooden stick to create the perimeter of your gravel pit. Tie string to connect the sticks to make sure you dig in a straight line.

  3. 3

    Dig the inside of the perimeter to a depth of 6 inches using a shovel. Place the dirt and other debris in a wheelbarrow for easy removal.

  4. 4

    Remove the four wood sticks from the corners of the pit.

  5. 5

    Line the inside of the hole with landscape lining. The lining should extend 4 inches outside of the perimeter of the hole. This makes a border lip that will prevent the gravel pit from getting muddy. The weight of the gravel will hold the landscape lining in place. Cut the outside border of the landscape lining with scissors.

  6. 6

    Place medium-size stones that weigh 0.907 to 1.36 Kilogram on the border lip of the landscape lining. The stones hold the border lip in place.

  7. 7

    Shovel gravel on top of the landscape lining. Place the gravel evenly thoroughout the interior of the hole. Your gravel pit is now ready to use.

Tips and warnings

  • Landscape lining is available at hardware or gardening stores.
  • Use gravel and stones with rounded edges to reduce the risk of injuries.
  • Children should wear shoes in the gravel pit. Young children should be supervised when playing in the gravel pit.

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