“ Brand: Argos / Type: Outdoor Play Equipment - Sand „
This summer, with our new house, it was lovely to get my daughters sand pit out from our garage and actually have room to put it down and leave it out. However, the sand we had got last year needed to be changed, and we decided just to get a bag in Argos, as we could reserve it and pick it up quickly especially when there was good weather at the start of the summer.
A 15kg bag of this Argos Play Sand costs £2.99 which I think is a fair enough price as it fills my daughter's sandpit with just the right amount of sand to keep her happy, let her make sandcastles but not overfill it. It doesn't spill out over the sides and leave a mess. My sister had warned me that some sand that she had got previously from some of the supermarkets had been lovely and clean, but so silky and dry that it was impossible to build sandcastles or fill moulds with. This is not the case with this sand. There is a moistness to this sand, and it is more like the harder sand you would get at the beach, so it is absolutely perfect for building sandcastles and my daughter has little moulds such as a teddy she can fill and then tip over, and it stays in shape when she does so.
When my husband filled my daughters sandpit with this sand, there was no great smell, which was something my sister reported that some sand she had previously got elsewhere had had a smell to it. In fact, I would swear it was sand we had collected from the beach given its colour and texture.
Despite getting this sand back in the early summer months, we are now almost in September and the sand looks great and almost every dry and sunny afternoon available my daughter wants out to play, and I think because the sand is harder she feels more like she is at the beach building proper sandcastles. In fact, over the summer she has got a lot better at being able to make her own sandcastles using this sand.
All in all, I would happily recommend this sand for any child with a sand pit or sand and water table. It is a good price for the quality and price, and I would happily purchase another bag next summer if required.
My little boy got brought a sand pit for his first birthday last year and with the recent good weather we got it back out however he has a habit of throwing it everywhere so we needed a top up of sand.
We have an Argos within a 5 minute drive so popped down there for a 15kg bag of children's play sand for £2.99.
There was no other reason we brought it other than it was convenient to collect. The packaging was fairly boring a white bag with the Argos logo in the corner. In yellow writing the bag stated -
On opening the bag and dispensing it into the sand pit it was quite moist. It was ideal for making sandcastles but not so great for pour through other sand pit toys. The sand is very fine and soft when dry.
I was shocked after purchasing to find people have found this non-staining sand to stain and ruined clothing. From reading these reviews I believe this staining occurs when mixed with water.
This is great sand and does what it says. It can be used for children's sand pits, used in hamster cages (ensure dried out) and in fish tanks (after washing in boiling water).
I would recommend this sand if your using for a sand pit only but if you're using it in a sand and water table beware as others mention clothes staining.
WHAT IS IT?
Sand for a sand pit that you buy from Argos. Sainsburys sell the same sand and the bag is very much the same also, I think it has just been given a different brand name on the bag.
WHAT IS IT FOR?
You would use this sand in childrens sand pits or anywhere that your children might want to play with sand. It is very soft and not gritty so the sand is gentle on their skin, it is non toxic also so will not poison them if swallowed.
WHAT I THINK
I am very happy with this sand and the small price. I use it in a small sand table so only bought one 15kg bag, that was enough for me but you would need 2 or 3 bags for a big sand pit.
It is very clumped up when it comes out of the bag but I used a plastic fork to break the lumps out and now the sand is very smooth. My children make sand castles and like to play just piling the sand into heaps and then breaking it apart again. The sand is for children who are over 1 year but my 1 year old daughter does not show any interest, I think she would put too much of it into her mouth anyway and even if it is non toxic that would still make her sick.
This sand does not rot if it gets a little bit damp but if you leave it in the rain for more than 3 times the sand will turn dark and then the texture is a lot more rough. The sand table my daughters use has got a lid on and that protects the sand but I replace it every about six weeks to make sure it is fresh.
The sand costs £2.99 for a bag that holds 15kg of sand. You can buy it only from Tesco or from Tesco Direct.
4 Dooyoo Stars.
Last year we purchased a sand play tray for my daughter which would hold a whopping 150kg of sand. After doing a bit of shopping around, I decided to buy some from Argos as I had a £10 off voucher.
The sand comes in 15kg bags and is available to buy online (with a delivery charge of at least £5.95) and in store. What I like about buying products from Argos is you can check a specific shops stock availability and reserve on line. The cost of a bag is £2.99.
The sand comes in quite a large (and heavy) white bag; on the front is cartoon picture of a child paying in the sand. The plastic bag was quite thick and I had no concerns that it would split while handling it. Although to me, it didn't really matter what the packaging looked like, it is worth noting that the bag doesn't have a handle to help you carry it.
We had to purchase 10 bags, which involved quite a lot of heavy lifting which is worth bearing in mind if you are collecting from store, my other half worked up quite a sweat loading and unloading the car!
When it was poured into the sand pit, the sand did as it should, because it is nice and soft, it was easy for Lauren to scoop up and fill her buckets with, when I added a little water to make the sand moist, we were able to build nice sand castles and use her molds. The sand also dried out nicely.Nice & Soft, cheap
The only downside for me is with beach sand, you can wipe this easily off you hands and feet but because of how fine this is, the only way to completely remove from my hands was to rinse them. Having said this, I don't think this problem is just limited to Argos play sand; it is with any type of packaged and treated sand.
The sand is non toxic which is great as you can guarantee no matter how much you watch your little ones, they will probably get in their mouths.
Overall, I would recommend this sand; it is really fine and soft. It is non toxic and clean so doesn't leave any stains on clothes when sitting in it.
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Early last year we bought the ELC Sand and Water Table, and obviously we needed some sand to go in it. As we generally trust the quality of ELC products we bought their version of play sand (rather than collect some from the beach), which worked out quite expensive. Although I can't remember exactly how much it cost, it was in the region of £5 for 10kg and only filled one half of the tray. As this sand had been left out all winter it had become rather manky and needed replacing a couple of weeks ago. After discovering that the ELC does not deliver sand, they lost a little of my loyalty, so when I spied a display of Argos Children's Play Sand in my local store priced at only £2.99 for 15kg, I snapped at the chance.
This rather plain looking bag is heavy, well at 15kg it would be, and does not have a handle to make carrying it easier. There's no way I could have carried it all the way home, but luckily enough there's a basket under my son's stroller and I just about managed to squeeze it in. Although the bag is fairly plain in design, it is very sturdy and showed no sign of ripping as I lugged it over to the sand table. There was no way I was strong enough to rip the bag open, so I used scissors and as I tipped the sand into the table I had a quick glance at the information on the packaging. The bag told me that this sand is clean, safe, non-staining, non-toxic and British, but did not mention whether it had been treated to discourage cats (unlike the ELC sand). How they define it as British sand, I do not know, but it's nice to know I'm doing my bit for the economy.
The sand itself was quite happy to stay in the bag, it clumped together and really resisted my attempts to tease it into the sand table. As it did finally decide to take up a new residence it was instantly obvious that it was so difficult to pour because it was very, very damp. Despite how difficult it was to pour from the bag I was pleasantly surprised at the fact that it filled both sections of the sand table to about three quarters full, which was much better than the single compartment the ELC sand filled. The sand itself, is well sand coloured, it looks far dingier and even a little dirtier than the ELC sand that was an almost white grey. It is also coarser than the ELC sand, the grains are larger, which means that it is less likely to blow away and get in the eyes. With the ELC sand it was almost advisable to wear onion goggles as it dried, as it was so fine that it could almost have been considered dust.
When newly out of the bag the Argos sand is the perfect consistency for digging in and building sandcastles. It's easy to pack into buckets and then holds it's shape well as it is turned out. Two year old Freddy and I have really had fun making castles and digging holes. One thing we have been unable to do with the sand while it is this wet though is pour it through funnels, as it's so coarse and sticky it simply won't go through. As the sand is played with it starts to dry and then is better for the funnels, but not so good for building sandcastles, but if you add a little water, stir it round and then wait half hour it becomes as good as new. Obviously we lose a little sand each time we play, with it landing on the floor and as it's not treated there's no way I'd return it to the sand table, instead I simply sweep it on to the flower bed where it can slightly improve our heavy clay soil. I can't tell whether or not cats are attracted to this sand as we only use it in a sand table and keep it covered when not in use.
The claim that the sand is non-toxic has been completely proved true, as my son tends to try and eat anything he can get his hands on, he has a taste of this and suffered no ill effects, other than it appearing in his nappy the next day. I've not noticed it staining his clothes either, but there again I never noticed either of these problems with the ELC sand. As the sand hasn't been treated we will not be keeping it beyond this season, but at this ridiculously low price that really doesn't bother me and I plan in digging it into the vegetable patch along with some compost to improve the soil quality.
While at only £2.99 for 15kg you'd think this was the lower quality option, on balance I do prefer the Argos Children's Play Sand to the ELC version. While it doesn't look quite as clean and white as the ELC sand, it holds moisture better, builds better sandcastles and is less of a risk to the eyes as it dries. You also get more for you money, pay less money and Argos will deliver if you so wish. So I'm giving the Argos Children's Play Sand five stars out of five and recommending it to those who need to fill a sandpit or table (with the added recommendation that you cover it when not in use to keep the cats at bay).
When my daughter started nursery school we were told that she really enjoyed the sansd pit and she would play in there for hours, we decided to buy her one and bought her the sand and water table from the Early Learning Centre. Once we bought the table of course we needed some sand but they had sold out so we had to go next door to Argos and buy some there instead.
The bags of sand cost £2.99 which is for a bag of 15kgs which I think is a decent price although we have managed to go through quite a few bags over the 2 years of play she has had out of the table so far. The table we have take one bag of sand to fill each side and we do fill both sides rather than having one side for water as otherwise she would just mix the sand and water together and make even more mess than just sand on it's own.
The quality of the sand is brilliant, it comes in a tough plastic bag which I cut with scissors to get the sand out and the bag states that the sand is clean, safe, non toxic and non staining. My daughter has played for hours with the sand and it hasn't stained any of her clothing so I can vouch that the sand is non staining. The sand is a little damp when it comes out of the bag and this is a nice consistency for making castles but it does dry out pretty quickly, I found it best for me to put a small amount of water into the sand every so often to make it easier for her to build with.
My daughter loves playing with sand and she is already asking when we can get the sand pit out of the shed so I know she wants to play with it again this year which will be the third year of her playing with it and then she has a younger sister who will play in it too so I think there are many more years to come of buying bags of sand. I will keep buying the sand from Argos as it is great quality and a good price and when my daughter has put her sand covered hands in her mouth there hasn't been any adverse effects so I know it is safe although obviously I do try and stop her doing this. I certainly recommend this sand and I haven't seen childrens sand cheaper anywhere else.
Last summer I bought my daughter a sand pit in the hope of her overcoming her fear of sand. As the winter months came the sandpit was pushed back against my shed hoping it would last the horrible months, I didn't realise but the lid was slightly ajar meaning it was full of rain water when we came to play with it again this year. We disposed of the contents and bought some new sand ready to play with again.
The sand we opted for this time was from Argos, I had some vouchers anyway so decided to put them to good use. Each bag of sand contains 15kg, I bought two bags initially, thinking it would be enough to fill our sandpit (Chad Valley sand and water pit) to an adequate level. When we got home and emptied the bags into the sandpit, I realised I should of picked up another one. The two bags did fill it, but not enough to make a few sandcastles at a time and still have sand left underneath so when I was in town next I did buy another bag to fill it to a nice level.
The sand is a fantastic quality, Argos say it is clean, safe, non-staining and non-toxic, what more could you want for a childs play sand. When it first comes out of the bag, it does have a wet consistency, perfect for getting those sandcastles to stay up. After a day or two you will find the sand would have all dried up and it has a golden colour and very grainy, almost like the sand you would find on a Caribbean beach. Once it's dry it does make sand castle building and moulding quite hard so I tend to have a jug of water to hand to help the sand castles stay up. The good thing about when the sand is dry is that it makes it easy to sieve through sand sieves.
My daughter still isn't 100% sure about the sand but she does enjoy playing with it with her sand toys. As long as she doesn't have to hold the sand she is happy. She has a water funnel with a couple of water wheel on it and loves pouring this sand through the funnel when it is dry and grainy. She also loves knocking down my perfectly made sand castles, which is quite annoying, but fun for her!
The sand costs just £2.99 for 15kg, I think this is a good price for the quality of the sand. I've not found any foreign objects lying in the sand and being safe for kids is definitely a great value to have. Although one bag isn't enough for pretty much all sandpits, unless you have one of those tables for sand and water, the price isn't too bad when you buy two or three bags.
~Argos Play Sand~
As you cannot have a sand pit without sand and you cannot simply bag up sand from the beach to take home for the kids to play with, this Argos Play sand is something that is relatively cheap to buy whilst being safe to handle. I have bought a number of these bags of sand in the past and found them to be fair value for money as they cost no more than £2.99 for a 15 kilo bag. Whilst I have found that one bag is not enough to create a luxurious sand covered play area, you don't always need to buy too much of this as the contents of one bag does go quite a long way (meaning that 3 to 4 bags can often be enough).
The reason that I opted for this type of sand over similar looking bags of sand that you can buy from DIY shops is that you need to ensure that the sand has been cleaned through and made safe enough for children and adults to play with. This Argos sand is guaranteed as being a non toxic product and is also meant to be a non staining sand which means it should not ruin childrens clothing. In use I have found that the sand is relatively non staining as it is easy to brush off of most types of clothing when dry, but can stick and leave a mark on clothing when it is wet. I haven't had any problems washing out clothing that has been in contact with the sand that I recall.
The colour of the sand isn't too bad with it being neither too bright and fake looking or too pale and dull. The texture of the sand that I bought seemed quite good for making sand castles and simple sand structures using buckets and spades, as well as other types of sand and beach toys. I have had this in use with water play tables as well as in a sand pit and found that it does the job in both cases well enough. The contents of the sand bags were nice and dry when opened making them ready for use straight from the pack which I was pleased about.
In my opinion this play sand does what it should and is well priced for the amount of safe clean sand that you get. Over time I wouldn't want to leave the sand out uncovered and then expect it to be clean and safe for play due to the fact that passing cats do seem to take a fancy to it. I would always leave the sand pit covered if possible and empty water from play tables after use, topping up with fresh clean water before play. As this sand is easy to handle, fun for children to play with and reasonably priced I feel it ought to get a 4 star product rating.
My son was just over 2 and a half this summer and I decided that we needed various outdoor toys to keep him entertained whilst we were outside. One of the things I bought was a sand and water tray and of course I needed some sand to fill it with and this is what I'll be reviewing today.
*~* Price And Availability *~*
This is incredibly cheap at just £2.99 for 15KG. I found this to be much cheaper than anywhere else (except Asda where it was just £1.61 but there was none left when I was there). This particular brand is only available at Argos or Homebase stores. The advantage of this is that you can reserve and collect or alternatively have it delivered. Of course delivery costs £4.99 so unless you are buying other things it's not worth it.
*~* Packaging *~*
The packaging is incredibly plain and simple. A strong white plastic holds the sand with a convenient carry handle at the top. I didn't feel at all like this was going to snap or break whilst I was carrying this at any point which of course is a huge plus.
The is a picture on the front of some children playing in the sunshine. Very plain but showing exactly what the bag contains so effective I feel. There is a warning that details that you should keep this away from eyes which of course is common sense but never the less it is there.
*~* The Sand Itself *~*
I didn't need to even use a full bag to fill the pit with sand so therefore I had at least half the bag left. I did find it difficult once opened to store effectively. I feel it would be better in a bucket but there's no problems with keeping it in the bag that I have found so far anyway.
Opening the bag is pretty easy but I found that you do need a knife or a pair of scissors to cut through the thick plastic, not a problem though.
Once inside I was presented with a slightly damp sand that was very fine and of course gritty but not sore against the skin. It was easy for my son to play with this damply to build sandcastles. Once it had dried out which wasn't too long at all it was very very fine and slipped easily through the fingers. To regain the firmness all that was required was a little water and it was mouldable again.
As long as it was covered up this has lasted a good 3 months so far and is currently still covered by the lid and stored in the shed, whether it lasts until further use is another question but for the price of £3 for a summers worth of fun I am not complaining.
My son had no problems with this and I found no foreign objects within the bag. It was easy to transport, easy to use, a lovely white colour and was very easy to have both wet or dry.
I would definately recommend this play sand and if needed I would definately buy this again. I give this 5 stars because I had no problems what so ever.
My girls are obsessed with sand. We do live right across the road from the beach where there is tons and tons of the stuff. One of the favourite garden toys is the little tikes sand table, we have had it for two years now and comes out at the start of summer and stored away in winter. Back in the middle of june this year I added two bags of sand to the table witch filled it right up to the very top. I normally buy the play sand from Tesco's or Asda.
I noticed this week that the sand table could really be done with another bag of sand to top it up again. I really don't know what my girls could be doing with the sand because they don't throw it around yet the sand level has gone down so much and quickly too.
I decided to buy a bag of play sand from argos this time as it was convenient for me to park outside our local store and the bag of sand is actually cheaper than what I had paid previously.
Argos play sand comes in a white plastic sack with pictures of the seaside and a child digging in the sand making castles with a bucket. The plastic sack is nice and strong, when opening the sack I had to use scissors because it was too tough to rip open.
The plastic sack holds 15kg. It costs £2.99 for a sack this size, pretty good value.
When I went to top up the sand table I notice how white the argos play sand look compared to the tesco sand. The sand was nice and moist as it come from the sack. I was able to spread it over the table and mix it in neatly. It dries quickly because the grains are very fine, my girls have a water wheel they use for the sand and the argos sand works well with the wheel. If your child likes to build castles or play with sand moulds you can add a small amount of water to the sand to make it firm enough for the moulds to take shape and when finished the sun can dry the sand out again. As the sand is so fine on windy days the sand does blow of the table and my daughter Jess was crying because it got in her eyes so we avoid playing in sand on windy days now but that's just common sense. Although there is a warning to avoid contact with eyes printed clearly on the plastic sack.
Argos play sand is non toxic, safe and clean to play in. I like the feel of the argos sand and there is no smell what so ever. Argos play sand does not stain clothes or flooring.
Next year ill be buying all my sand from argos as its very good value. Recommended.
With the school holidays in full swing, I like to encourage the kids to play outside whenever weather permits. In anticipation of a warm, dry Summer I have recently cleaned out our outdoor sand pit and replaced the existing sand with some fresh play sand from Argos.
At £2.99 for a generous 15kg bag, I find that this play sand offers reasonable value for money. It is not necessarily the cheapest available, however, as other brands often have multibuy promotions where it is possible to buy three bags of sand for the price of two, for example. It is worth bearing this in mind as it is highly likely that you will need more than a single bag of sand, certainly if used in an outdoor sand pit rather than a small indoor tank. Our sand pit is a large plastic hippo design from Toys R Us (similar in size and style to the Little Tykes turtle pit) and I find that I need to use at least two 15kg bags of this sand to provide an even coverage across the base of the sand pit. The pit could accommodate another couple of bags without actually overflowing but I would rather use less and replace it more frequently, especially as the lid is inevitably left off during a rainstorm, leaving the sand to turn into a squidgy mess and a breeding ground for insects. Two bags worth of sand offers enough depth for two children to dig and play happily in the sand, without most of it ending up on the ground! Obviously a larger wooden style pit is going to need even more sand to offer a decent playing experience.
For us, the convenience of buying from our local Argos store outweighs any small differences in price, especially as it possible to check stock in advance and reserve online before heading off. The bags themselves are made from sturdy plastic and don't tend to rip or leak during transit or storage. They are quite bulky and slippery to carry about though. I've had bags in the shed for several months before using them and the quality of the sand doesn't deteriorate in any way if not used immediately.
The sand seems to be consistently good quality and has an attractive golden colour, reminiscent of traditional seaside resorts. As this is specially selected play sand, the grains are very fine and even with no sharp edges or foreign objects as you might find in builder's sand, so perfectly safe for little hands and feet to explore. The sand tends to be quite moist when first released from the bag, making it ideal for moulding and making sandcastles as it holds its shape well. If left out in warm weather, it will dry out slightly but the consistency can always be altered by adding a little water if needed.
Both my eight year old and four year old still enjoy playing with sand and have a number of suitable toys outside to maximise their enjoyment, including various toy diggers and trucks along with the more obvious buckets and spades. The smooth even texture means that this sand can be poured through funnels and dug up easily with a child's plastic spade, as well as being suitable for shaping and squishing between hands and feet, as my (almost) one year old son likes to do, in between trying to eat the odd handful! It can also be piled high and used to bury older siblings, subject to space!
In all, this is a pretty versatile, high quality and economical option for any child's sand pit making this a product that I'm happy to recommend.
We had to buy some play sand for the sand pit we have in the back garden. We were having a look round not really knowing where to buy it from or where they sold it and my Other Half said why not look in the Argos book. We found they sold it in 15 k bags so we ordered four of them online and then went to pick them up from the store.
The bags were just like buying a bag of sand from the DIY store but you can't use that kind of sand in a sand pit, you need to buy the special play sand is it is clean and safe for kids to use and play in.
When we got home we poured the sand into the sand pit and it looked a really nice colour. The sand was quite damp when we opened the bags but we found that it dried quickly in the heat of the sunshine and this made the sand really good for things like pouring it out of jugs and other implements we found to use in the pit. The sand felt really nice and soft, just made you want to squish your fingers through it. When it was a bit more damp it made really good sandcastles, it was just like playing on a real beach in out own back garden.
The sand is very fine so you do have to really watch the kids if its dry that they don't start throwing it at each other as it could get in their eyes really easily. You should be supervising them anyway though to make sure they don't eat it or put things in the sand that are not supposed to be in there like sharp stones or anything else they might find laying about in the garden.
The sand is quite cheap to buy, it is £2.99 for a bag of it and it does go a long way as long as you look after it and put a lid over it at night so it doesn't get animals crawling in it etc.
I would recommend this sand if you want to fill up a sand pit or may be a table with sides on it like they have in the schools or even just a plastic toy box to have in the garden for them to play with.
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==Argos Children's play Sand==
The summer is here and the last thing everyone wants to be doing is being inside and stuck on the computer (you would think). So because we like to be at least in the garden we decided on buying Jack the small sand and water pit from Argos (see previous review). Now the trouble is you can't get a sand pit without buying any sand although Himself was all of the opinion that we walk down the beach and dig some into a bag. However seeing as that is highly illegal we decided on spending out a small amount to get three bags of the Argos Play Sand.
The sand from Argos can be found in the catalogue around the same area as all the outdoor toys and of course play sand. It also pops up on screen when you are in store or online purchasing anything that will need sand so that you don't forget to get some and get home with an empty sand pit to play in!
The price of a bag of the sand is £2.99 pence which sounds pretty reasonable. Per bag you get a good amount of 15 kg which is really quite heavy and when buying three of them we certainly noticed the weight difference with them all in the boot of the car. The fact that we were at Argos buying the sand and water pit made it more sensible to buy the play sand from there as taking a trip anywhere else would be time consuming and cost us more in petrol. However it is worth noting that the Tesco children's play sand is far better value for money and if planning on purchasing an item like this maybe worth looking into. For 3 bags from Tesco you will pay £6 for all of them. The bags do have slightly less in at 10 kg a bag and when ordering from Tesco on line you have to take into account the postage price of £5 so for us it was probably best just to get the Argos bags like we did.
The sand comes housed within a very tough and durable thick plastic bag. This is adequate enough to be able to keep all the sand in and not to tear when you are picking the sand bag up and transporting it home. Once home we needed to cut open the bag to turn it upside down to empty it into the sand pit. You couldn't tear open the bag with your hand so scissors or a knife are needed to open it.
The age range for this product that Argos have placed on it is for ages 18 months and over and it still states that adult supervision is needed at all times. This is probably to make sure that the kids don't try and eat the stuff but I think after one mouthful they probably wouldn't want much more! The bag states only a limited amount of information on the front but of course there is not really too much to say about a bag of sand. It says that the sand in non-toxic and non-staining whilst being both clean and safe to use. This is opposed to using building sand I guess which is not at all safe to use in a children's sand pit and would stain clothes and hands quite a bit.
The sand is a lovely biscuit colour and very fine grains. The three bags that we bought were enough to fill up the sand pit well and was okay to use straight away. It has a much finer feel to it when comparing it to proper sand from the beach but this means it seems to stick to the skin less but also means that it is not as good at building sand castles in. Plus the fact that it is really rather dry this means that building anything high will ensure that it won't stay up for very long. However by adding a small amount of water to the play the sand inevitably becomes firmer and easier to mould with.
The sand is pretty good stuff and for the money I can't find anything to complain about. It works well for playing with and Jack seems to really love his new sand pit. It is a clean, safe and fun outdoor item that is well worth the money and ideal for these coming summer months. I think a top score of 5 out of 5 stars is in order and a high recommendation.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.