When Mr. J was 2, hubby bought him a race car bed. He used it until he was 5, and then it was passed on to Mr. K. He used it until last week, when he got a twin bed.
I listed the bed on a few local buy/sell sites as well as groups on facebook. I only had interest from 1 person, and they were looking for one that would turn into a twin bed as well (this model is only good for a crib mattress).
At this point, the frame was sitting in my living room, and I had no interest in it staying there for a few weeks. I decided that we would just have to give it away, and planned on offering it on the Buy Nothing site I am a member of. I mentioned it to my mom, and she suggested we put it outside for the kids to play with. I ran it by hubby, and the idea was liked by both of us.
We decided to turn it into a dirt box. The kids (Mr. K mostly) like to dig in the dirt under our play structure, now they won't be digging up our yard, but able to play in the "dirt box".
Yesterday I headed out and picked up some bags of black earth.
Came home, unloaded them and dragged the bed frame outside. I leveled off the ground with a few bags of earth, then placed the car frame where we wanted it and filled it with the rest of the bags.
I grabbed a few of the outdoor toys and placed them on top, then waited for the kids to come home from school. Mr. J knew it was happening (and he was quite thrilled to be in on a secret his brother didn't know about).
Mr. K was so happy when he saw it, he kept going on and on about how much he loved it!