Sandbox or a gravel pit?
I'm almost done constructing a sandbox for my 5 year old. At the last minute I'm seeing that some parents are filling sandboxes with pea gravel and making gravel pits instead.
So I'm wondering if that is actually a better choice. Sand is awfully messy when they track it in. Pea gravel isn't going to cling to their clothes and fill their shoes, spilling out all over the floor when they take off their shoes and clothes. We also have 3 barn cats and I'm worried they'll use it as a litter box.
On the other hand, is it as much fun to play with? My boy loves to play in sand but I've never seen a gravel pit in real life. I don't know if it would be as pleasant to play in as sand. I was never a little boy and I preferred staying clean, so I'm really out of my element here, lol.
We're also cobbling together a mud pie kitchen for him so I could just give him a tub of sand for that. But he needs a place to dig and run his trucks.
Anybody have any experience or opinions on sandboxes vs gravel pits? Thanks!