Product Type: Argos Outdoor Toy
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Argos Children's Play Sand
Member Name: jo1976
Argos Children's Play Sand
Date: 02/08/11, updated on 05/09/13 (112 review reads)
Advantages: Versatile, high quality and economical
Disadvantages: Several bags may be needed
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.
Summary: Versatile, high quality and economical