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Every year me, my parents, sister and nephews always go down to Weymouth for a week's holiday. The beach here is a lovely and sandy and my nephew loves digging in the sand and building sandcastles. I often find that purchasing buckets and spades down at the seaside can be expensive and the spades never seen very strong and quite often snap and break causing sharp edges. I was browsing in my local Early Learning Centre when I saw a small range of items which would be great for the beach, This included a range of buckets but one thing that stood out more than anything was a brightly coloured scoop which I thought looked really good. The scoop is available to buy in 2 different colours including red and green and it costs just £3.00 per scoop, how-ever these are currently on offer on 3 for 2 sports and gardening toys. The scoop is suitable for children over 2 years of age. I actually purchased the scoop last year and it was available in blue as well, which is the colour I purchased.
I decided not to show my nephew the scoop until we were actually away on holiday. As soon as we got the beach I gave him the scoop and a bucket with some sand shapes. He loved the brightly coloured scooped and took it from me and held it and gave it a good look over. The blue colour of the scoop was quite bright and blue was his favourite colour. The scoop is made of very strong plastic and has a very strong handle on it which is textured and slightly shaped to ensure a better grip on the scoop. The scoop is more like a half circle shape and my nephew always manages to scoop up lots of sand with it ready to build a sandcastle. As the handle is small but slightly textured it means he can grip the handle well without it slipping or sliding out of his hand, even when it's wet. My dad decided to use the scoop to start digging a hole and as he got slightly deeper the sand got wetter which means more effort was needed in order to dig any further. By now most spades would have snapped, how-ever the scoop was still going strong and working really well.
At the end of the day, we washed the scoop off into the sea and it cleaned perfectly due to it being made of strong plastic which has a smooth, slightly shiny surface to it. My nephew still has the scoop over a year later and he has since; use it for his sand pit in the garden to help his daddy with the gardening. This is a really good, strong scoop and it's really good value for money as it has lasted well over a year. I give this 5 out of 5 stars.
(review also on ciao)
Since the sun has made an appearance and the general heat has risen, we've been enjoying the garden to it's full potential again. The sand pit has been used and the various buckets and spades and sand toys have been back and used in full force. Including this scoop that we purchased from the Early Learning Centre last year.
The scoop is basically that, a scoop. It is made from a relatively thick plastic, meaning it would be quite hard to break, especially for a child. The handle is quite small, I would imagine older children find it difficult to get their whole hand around it, as I can't squeeze mine round. The handle is also made from ridges of plastic, so for younger children and toddlers it is easier to keep a firm grip.
My favourite aspect of the design of the scoop is the depth of the main part of the scoop. The high sides and long length, make this scoop ideal to pick up a lot of sand in one go, this is essential for the younger toddlers as sand never stays on the end of an ordinary spade due to its flat surface and small sides. It makes it simpler to transport from one spot in the sand to another, or into say, a bucket for example without it all flying off. It always eases the frustration toddlers face when the sand isn't going where they want it to go.
My daughter had this scoop when she was around 17 months old, and she hasn't had any problem using the scoop, even now a spring/summer later, she can still use the scoop well. After being stored in her sandpit out in the garden all winter, I was a bit dubious of whether anything had got into the sandpit and eaten away at the scoop, but it is still in pristine condition. She finds it easy to hold the scoop by the handle and doesn't drop it, so the ridges must be a good thing.
The scoop soon made it's way to my daughters favourite sandpit toy, she previously adored the spade and rake set she had, but I think because she can transport the sand into her bucket a lot easier with this scoop she prefers using this, to the small sided spade.
There are lots of different coloured scoops available to buy, we went for the yellow as it was bright and bold, perfect summer colours! I believe, blue, red and green are just some of the other colours available. I paid £3 for the scoop last year from the Early Learning Centre.
I'd definitely recommend this scoop for toddlers and young children. The depth makes it a lot easier for them to get as much sand as they can from place to place, loads better than normal spades. The price isn't too bad either, if you're not in a hurry ELC often do promotions so look out for one of those and then buy.
I look after my two year old nephew a few days a week and am constantly looking for things to keep him entertained, if he isn't busy playing then he is busy trying to destruct the house - bless.
I recently bought him a little sand and water table which he loves and whilst looking in Early learning centre I saw this little sand scoop that I thought would be perfect for him, here is what him and I thought of it.........
The scoop comes in a few different colours, in my store they had pink, red and green, by the dooyoo picture it must come in blue too.
It is made of a really strong plastic, it isn't at all flimsy or brittle.
My nephew has done some serious digging with this scoop over the last month as well as some wall bashing and throwing on the ground in a paddy and although it has a few scratches, it has kept its shape, I think it will easily withstand a lot of use from a boistrous toddler.
They are suitable for two years plus, although there are no small parts or sharp edges I think with supervision a younger child could use it with ease
The scoop is a lot deeper than your usual seaside spade which means the child can gather lots of sand without it all spilling out. It would also be useful for gathering rocks and stones to decorate sandcastles. My nephew loves filling the scoop up with sand and pouring it into a pot, this keeps him busy for ages.
The handle is wavy and grooved, it is comfortable to hold and is a lovely added design feature. At the top of the handle there is a little hole, this is good if you want to hook it on the side of the sandpit or tie a ribbon through it at attach it to a bucket or hang it somewhere.
You are not limited to sand and stones when using this, it would also make a good garden shovel, a scoop for flour etc, a bath toy or even a pooper scooper.
These are only available from Early Learning Centres, I bought mine for the full price of £2.00 but at the moment they are on offer for £1.00.
.Either way they are a terrific bargain. I think they are only available during the summer season so if you want one now is the time to buy before they are relegated to make way for father Christmas and his friends.
Right. A sand scoop.
It comes in pink or blue, which is irritating if you have both boys and girls and want them to share, or if you are buying it for an older child and expect to pass it on to a younger one.
It is well made (well, moulded, all in one piece), a good sturdy bit of plastic. It is a nice size too; not too big for little hands but not too small - you can get a good lot of sand in it.
It is a good shape for scooping up the sand - a variation on the spade. Actually you can get a lot more sand in it than you can in a toy spade. The front end is not sharp.
Ours is still in use as a gardening tool in the winter. Well, I say tool - more of a mud-scooping toy really.
It also had a useful phase as a sweet scoop in a pretend shop, indoors. It looks just like the scoops you get in pic'n'mix sweet shops so that fired off some imaginative play, which was nice.
It is not available in the Early Learning Centre at the moment, presumably because it is October. But I am sure it will be back next summer.