So, we put in a sand pit. Originally when Eliette was first introduced to sand, she hated it. HATED it. Now that she's a bit older---she sees it in a whole new light.
It was fun for a while.
It only lasted a few months.
I think the above pics were taken in April or May of 2015. As I type this, it's July. The sand pit has been removed because we've found that having a space of about 5 feet between a sand pit and pool is just a BAD idea. Our poor little pool cleaner and filters.... Little Miss would take handfuls of sand and just dump them into the pool. Not a good idea. Then, they (our kids and friends) would play in the sand, and use the pool to wash the sand off of their hands, bodies, and swim suits. It was just a mess.
....but-----it was fun while it lasted!