Build your own Sandbox
Kids of all ages love to play in the sand. It can be a construction site, made into a sand
castle or add water for a muddy mess. It is easy and inexpensive to build a sandbox in
your own back yard to enjoy for the entire summer.
When you are deciding where to put your sandbox try and find a location that gets a lot of
shade throughout the day. When the sun is hot, and the kids still want to be outside this
will be a great activity for them if it is out of the sun.
All you will need are four boards, a weed barrier for the bottom, a tarp or piece of
plywood for covering and the sand. Nail the four boards together into a square shape and
then take the weed barrier and affix with a staple gun. If you do not want to use a weed
blocker or barrier, you can nail a piece of plywood to the bottom of the frame you made
but this will require measurements and a bit more planning. Then add your sand.
The cover is a nice touch to keep out rain and unwanted animals such as cats digging in
the sandbox. But it is not a necessity. Now relax as the children spend hours creating
cities and other imaginative buildings in their very own sandbox.
If you do not have enough pails and shovels or other sand toys available for all the
children, raid the recycling box and re-use old plastic containers to fill and pour sand
with. If the children want the sand to stay together like it does in at the beach you can
give them some water to play with. The sand will dry and if you use the weed barrier it
will allow water to drain out of the sandbox.
The Climate of the Philippines is either tropical rainforest, tropical savanna or tropical monsoon, or humid subtropical (in higher-altitude areas) characterized by relatively high temperature, oppressive humidity and plenty of rainfall. There are two seasons in the country, the wet season and the dry season, based upon the amount of rainfall. This is dependent as well on your location in the country as some areas experience rain all throughout the year.
Based on temperature, the seven warmest months of the year are:
- from March to October; the winter monsoon brings cooler air
- from November to February
- May is the warmest month
- January, the coolest
There are four recognized climate types in the Philippines, and they are based on the distribution of rainfall (See the Philippine Climate Map). They are described as follows:
Type I. Two pronounced season: dry from November to April and wet during the rest of the year.
Type II. No dry season with a pronounced rainfall from November to January.
Type III. Seasons are not very pronounced, relatively dry from November to April, and wet during the rest of the year.
Type IV. Rainfall is more or less evenly distributed throughout the year.
Relative humidity is high in the Philippines. A high amount of moisture or vapor in the air makes hot temperatures feel hotter. This quantity of moisture is due to different factors - the extraordinary evaporation from the seas that surrounds the country on all sides, to the different prevailing winds in the different seasons of the year, and finally, to the abundant rains so common in a tropical country. The first may be considered as general causes of the great humidity, which is generally observed in all the islands throughout the year. The last two may influence the different degree of humidity for the different months of the year and for the different regions of the Archipelago.