“ Brand: ELC / Type: Outdoor Play Equipment „
This was bought as a present for my daughters second Christmas, although she received the pink one - but its exactly the same, just another form of genderalisation from ELC.
This toy is a fantastic double use table for both water and sand play, and it comes with eight different toys. It didn't take long to build at all, and is extremely good quality as are the majority of toys i have had from here. cover and detachable legs.
The idea of the sand/water table is self explanatory, one side fills with water and the other side with sand. The child can pour the water or sand through a funnel to set the wheel spinning. The child can have great fun with the scoops, sieves and rakes in either the water or the sand.
So far i have only used this as a water table as i dont think at two years old the children have the concept of keeping the sand and water seperate. Even though my daughter has played with this at playgroup where they have it as a sand pit, she hasnt asked for sand in it and just loves the water play.
The sandpit comes with a two piece plastic cover so you can keep the table outside rather than keep emptying to bring inside. The plastic cover also doubles as a track so there are even more ways to play and have fun with this toy!
Although i think this is a really good toy, i do feel that it is a little expensive for what you get and have seen cheaper options available. But saying that, i would recommend this as it is hard wearing and provides hours and hours of fun
I bought the pink version of this sand and water table for my daughter, but it's the exact same except for the colours, which are pink and lime green.
After looking around for something like this for a while, I decided on the Early Learning Centre version for a few different reasons. First of all, my daughter had tried it at someone elses house and it seemed the perfect height for her.
Also I liked its symmetry and the way it was divided into two equal parts. The other thing I liked was its femininity, despite me trying to avoid everything being pink!
The table was easy to put together and is very sturdy when built. It comes with two funnels and water wheels which can be built in different ways and put in the holes between the two sections.
It also comes with two spades, a starfish to makes sand shapes, and a little boat.
Obviously one side of the table is meant for water, and one for sand, but after only a few weeks use both sides contain a murky sand/water mix due to my daughters tendency to dump the sand into the water and vice versa!
I should state that the recommended age for this toy is 3-6 years, but my daughter is only 14-months. She adores it though and always heads straight to it when out in the garden. She is the right height for the compartments but isn't really able to reach the funnels properly yet.
Sand is not included and costs around £6 a bag in the Early Learning Centre, or less from some supermarkets or garden centres.
The table has a lid which keeps the contents dry, and along the top of it is a track, which is handy for pushing toy cars around on when not in use.
Priced at £45, this table is a little expensive, and there are cheaper options available, but I love ELC stuff and was lucky enough to pick it up for £38, when it was on offer.
Having introduced my daughter to the beach last week, I thought this table would no longer hold the same appeal but she seems to love it as much as ever and I imagine we will get a few years use out of it.
my little girl had this bought for her for her second birthday but she has a pink one.we put it together which was very easy and only took about 15 minutes.we filled one side with water and the other with sand and she happily played with it for about an hour.it is very sturdy and is quite deep compared to some other sandpits we have seen.
it also comes with 8 toys for children to play with like scoops,sieves,rake and funnel.the ldi can also be used as a track for happy land vehicles which can be bought in early learning centre stores.
the sand can be purchased in early learning too but i have found it cheaper to buy in tesco.i would also advise you put the lid on when children aren't playing with it as i have caught some cats in my garden using it as litter tray!.
i would recommend this for hours of fun for children and some peace for parents.
I bought this for my twin daughters when they were 18 months old. Initially I just put water in it as I didn't think they were old enough to understand the importance of separating sand and water and this worked well. The 2 sides allow plenty of space for them to play indepdently or side-by-side when they're feeling co-operative. All the parts fit together well and allow for flexiblity in how you attach the water wheels etc together. The girls also didn't get wet from water splashing out as the 'bowl' parts are so deep. However, aged 2 and a bit, I decided to buy some sand - big mistake. The sand does spray out when they pass it through the wheels if there is even a small breeze and it falls through the gaps for you to store the tools in. I also found that although the bowls weren't wide enough for children to create anything decent out of sand. And, once they start burying things in the sand, it gets REALLY messy! We also have lots of broken parts to the wheels now as the sand gets stuck between the parts that go together and cause them to snap easily. To summarise - a brilliant water table, a useless sand table. My daughters will only be having water to play with in future!
I bought this toy in New Zealand just over 8 months ago so endured a hot summer then travelled round the world and had another (not so hot) summer here and still looks in great condition.
It has two compartments which in theory can be separated for sand and water but in practice any child i have seen using it has mixed both (half the fun i guess). It comes with a cover which is invaluable (stops creepy crawlies coming in over night - a pet hate of mine when i was a child)! The lid also has a track on it so can be used to race cars/trains on. The table comes with three tools and some funnels and wheels which are great, my daughter spends hours poking sand down the water funnel (and i mean hours!).
It has two plug hole one in each side to let the water out and makes cleaning it easier.
Its great for their messy play and gives you half an hour to hang the washing out, water the plants or sit and chill out and read the newspaper. Good quality too!
I brought this sandpit after much research into this one and similar products on the market. I brought it in blue even though I have a little girl as I have another baby on the way and not sure of the gender. The blue isn't a boyish blue though as it has red colours on it too.
My reasons for buying this sand pit was the fact it is portable, looked sturdy, and is a sand pit and water table.
**The Sand pit**
Although the most expensive out of all the sand pits I looked at I decided this sand pit was worth its money.
The fact it comes with detachable legs, helped me in my decision as I am trying to encourage my daughter to cruise, so with this table she would have to cruise/walk to various toys or the sand or water.
The legs are thick and sturdy, and the plastic is good thick quality.
I also didn't want a wooden sand pit or one that had to be installed.
I also liked the fact the sand pit is two separate compartments, sand and water and it comes with 2 separate lids (one for the water, one for the sand) which helps keep the water out when it rains and bugs and flies etc.
The only downside to the sand being covered is the condensation gathers under the lid, making the sand wet, so we have to remember to take the lid off in the morning to dry out - but this could be the same for all sand pits.
On the top of the lid it has a road marked on it which I am told you can use the happyland cars from ELC with it.
The sand pit comes with water funnels and toys and spades/scoops, a little boat and star fish shape to play in the sand, and they can be put back into the holes when the lid is off.
The height is what it should be from my daughters age of 14 months and I would say that toddlers upto 4 and 5 would still enjoy it.
The cost is £45, but I had a 20% off voucher so it cost me £36, so I was chuffed with that, but it comes without sand, ELC do sand at £6 a bag, and we got more sand to a bag from Argos for under £3.
There are also 2 plugs on each compartment to drain the water and sand (if needed)
**Setting up the sand pit**
Once home, we were soon at work putting the table up, it comes flat packed, and isn't too heavy.
We put the table together outside, and it is quite light to move about, until the water and sand are in it.
I think it took us no more than 10 minutes to assemble, and my daughter was soon out playing with it (and eating the sand).
So far, two months in, this has been a great purchase. I think my daughter is a tad too young, but still plays with it enough for it to be worthwhile. Yesterday while it was hot we filled the water side and she loved it, she loved playing with the boat that came with it, and we put her ducks in it, and she loved dipping her head in and out of it. She is a bit young to play and reach with the funnels yet though.
I think this product is ideal if you have a large or small garden as it doesn't take up much space. We have put it in the garage when not in use just to stop it fading etc.
My daughter has this but in pink. It has removable legs and comes apart int he middle of the table so its easy to store. The table has a cover to put on it when not in use to stop insects etc getting in the water. The table top also had roads drew on it for play. one half can be used for sand and the other water although we use both for water as found it way too messy with sand too! includes several accesories such as water weel etc as per the picture which my daughter loves. its sturdy and does not wobble at all. its low down so perfect for toddlers. can be used indoors or outdoors. its easy to put together and take apart. each section has plugs in it to allow you to empty the water out easily. it also comes with some spades for use with sand.
The first thing I would like to point out is that we own the pink sandpit from ELC. It is exactly the same as the blue one featured in the photograph above, except that it's pink and lilac colouring appeals to little princesses.
I bought this product 3 years ago now, for my daughter. At the time we lived in a small terraced house with only a little cobbled yard as outdoor space and I wanted something that was safe for her to play with in this environment.
~ About the Sandpit ~
After looking around at sandpits I chose this one from ELC for a few reasons.
Firstly it was portable. Although the wooden static sandpits are very nice, apart from not having the space, we rented the house and installing a sandpit wasn't an option!
Secondly it looked extremely sturdy, made with good quality plastic and having 4 thick solid plastic legs and a covering lid to protect the sand when it rained, or from any other nasty that might get in. It looked far superior to plastic sandpit tables from other brands. But then I am a fan of ELC and always feel that you do get the extra quality you pay for.
Thirdly it looked good fun, with plenty of features. The tray is divided in half, so one side can be filled with water and the other side can be filled with sand. It's a good depth and width at each side, giving you plenty of room to dig and build sandcastles in one side, or sail a few little boats in the other.
It comes with 2 funnel and water wheel toys, which when the lid is removed slot into holes in the central divide and can be built up in numerous different ways. Finally this sandpit comes with 2 spades/scoops, a starfish to fill with sand and create shaped sand figures, and a little boat.
The lid has a road marked into it, so can be used with cars when the sandpit is covered. ELC say happyland cars, but any little vehicle will do.
The sandpit still costs £45, the same price I paid 3 years ago (although I did have a 20% off voucher at the time) Sand is not provided and has to be bought separately at £6 ( I find play sand cheaper at local garden centers, usually £4 for a larger bag so shop around!). It comes flat packed in a box, so is easy to transport home in a car boot, but probably too heavy and big for the bus!
~ Using The Sandpit ~
Getting home, I was eager to get this up and outside for my daughter. The instruction leaflet was informative and concise (for a change!) and I managed to get it up easily in 5 minutes. Then I hit a snag. It's too wide to get through the door! So I would advise you to build this up outside if that's where you want it, to save you having to dismantle it and start all over again. The sandpit itself isn't heavy until its filled with sand, so you can easily move it about until you decide where you would like it.
Finally in it's desired place and filled with sand I was very impressed and my daughter dove straight in. Unfortunately, she filled the funnels with sand. This doesn't work, the funnels get clogged up as they just aren't wide enough and only function with water. Of course my daughter never took any notice of this and continued to clog the funnels with sand, and I was constantly declogging them. As the picture in the catelogue clearly shows a child pouring sand into the funnel, I was a bit miffed as clearly my daughter wasn't doing anything the funnel wasn't designed for. However the water wheels do work well with water and my daughter enjoyed this aspect of play. Water and children just go (under supervision of course)! The other toys that came with the sandpit also work fine, as they should and are of good quality.
I came to another problem one day a few weeks later when putting the toys away and covering the sand pit. I couldn't get the funnels out at all, and so couldn't cover it up. I had struggled before, finding them a very tight fit, but had managed eventually to remove them. After a few days of heaving and pulling (and the sand being ruined by rain and god knows what else) I finally got them out, but one had cracked. Closer investigation showed that the plastic was rather thin in the areas where the funnel toys connect, and where it was cracked it was quite sharp and I had to take it away.
Apart from my gripes about the funnels, this sandpit has been well played with. I have always left it outdoors and it has sustained 3 winters well and is now back in action for its 4th summer. Apart from a bit of fading, which can only be expected, it has remained in good condition, continuing to be strong and sturdy. I have been known to drag it about our now fully grassed lawn in our new garden, when mowing the grass. It is better to move it without sand, but this isn't always possible. After 3 years we have one slightly wobbly leg but no other ill effects. It has a small plug in one compart, so draining water from it is very easy, providing you fill the right compartments! And it's smooth plastic is very easy to clean with a damp cloth and squirt of washing up liquid.
The sandpit is an ideal height for toddlers up to around 5 years old. My daughter is 4 and a half now and does still play with it, but I can't see her being so interested next year. I think the sandpit will out live my daughters interest in it though and will be happy to pass it on to a relative.
~ Conclusion ~
Overall I am happy with this sandpit. We have already had 3 summers worth of fun from it, and will probably see one more and then I'll have no problems passing it on. It is definitely a good quality toy, and is ideal for anyone with a smaller garden or yard.
I was a bit disappointed with the funnels, they don't work as they are advertised to and cracked after not very long. I think I would have much preferred just one better quality toy than these 2, and my daughter has had just as much fun without them.
£45 isn't cheap, there are less expensive versions on the market. However as with all ELC products I really do think you get what you pay for. My daughter has climbed all over this and it has never toppled or collapsed and I feel 3-4 years worth of play is a good amount of time to get from a toy.
I would recommend this sandpit table to anyone who is thinking about buying one, and would just warn you to be wary about the problems I had with the funnels. I am willing to accept that I maybe forced them in too tight, so would recommend you take more care not too.
Last year we moved house in July and bought this is keep the kids entertained while we organised the moving in.
It kept them entertained all summer and when I cleaned it down again just before the easter holidays I was surprised how well it had with stood a full summer of play and a cold scottish winter as it had been stored outside.
I love the fact that there are 2 separate sections to stop any fighting over sharing and the the funnel and water wheels in the middle are great. They do work best with water as sand can clog them up. I tend to only have water or sand in it and not both at the same time as this is really messy and hard to clean the sections afterwards.
I also am very glad that the 2 sections have lids that fit over and clip on to get any unwanted animal attention away. The lids also have a road printed on top for happyland veichles which my kids just use ordinary cars on and this gives it another dimension.
I would happily purchase this again.
(The scoops and rakes provided have since died I am afraid through lots of use. They split and were then very sharp so went in the bin.)
With my daughter's birthday being in January, she doesn't usually get many new toys over the summer period, so this year we decided to spend her birthday money on something she could use during the summer months.
Our garden is really rather small so I wanted something that would allow her to play outside in the sun and something that she would get a lot of fun and use from. So during a visit to the Early Learning Centre I noticed this straight away because it was out on display (minus the sand and water). My daughter went over to it straight away and started faffing about with the toys that came with it.
After discussions with my husband, who thought at £45 it was quite pricey, I finally persuaded him that it would be worth it in the end. And due to it being out on display, we could see how sturdy it was, the height of it, whether she would be able to reach across it & into it etc with ease, and she could do all of these things so we decided to take the plunge.
There were two colours to choose from, a blue one and a pink one. I would have just bought the pink one because we have two girls, but my husband is sick of all things pink so in the end we opted for the blue & red one. We also had to buy a sack of play sand, which was £4.99, also from the ELC.
When we got the sand pit home we had to assemble it ourselves, and this was pretty straight forward. There are two sections to the actual pit (one for water and one for sand (or whatever you want to put in them) and they just screwed together, 4 broad sturdy legs clipped on underneath and that was it - ready to go.
Both sides of the pit have two bungs which you insert before filling with water and sand, and I suppose the idea is that these help to contain the sand or water and make it easier for you to empty the pit once you have finished. Obviously the side with the sand does not require these bungs to be removable, but the water side does.
What I have noticed is that they are pretty difficult to remove once in position and they do leak very slightly. This doesn't cause much of a problem because it is only a very slow drip but I would still have expected them to be water tight. Also, it is much easier to just tilt the sand pit and pour the water out rather than try and 'un-bung' the hole. (A minor issue in my opinion).
It's advertised that you get 8 toys with this sand pit and I suppose this is correct, in a way. You get a star shaped thing with which you can make star prints in the sand, a plastic sand rake/fork type thing, a shovel, a large spoon/ladel, and a boat (that's 5 toys). Then you also get some toys which fix into the middle of the sand pit and you pour water through the funnels at the top and the wheels underneath spin under the weight of the water (these account for the remainder of the 8 toys).
These are all pretty good and I was quite impressed with the fact that they actually came with the sand pit because I would have expected to buy the toys separately.
The pit also comes with a two piece lid with which clips very tightly into position when not in use. It has a really tight fit so you know you can leave it out overnight and the sand inside will not get contaminated by animals or rain etc. The lid also doubles up as a road for toy cars - quite a good idea but not something my daughter has played with as yet.
So, does my daughter actually play with and get lots of use out of it? Yes she does. When I first showed it to her in the garden, she was pretty shy at first and wasn't sure what to do, so I had to show that you can dig in the sand with the toys provided, and get your hands dirty, or you can splash about in the water side and play with the boat or pour water into the funnels.
To be honest she wasn't that interested in the toys provided, she wanted to get her 'Night Garden Toys' (yes still going strong with these - see earlier review). But once she had her NG Toys she played for 2 hours constantly, just splashing around with them. They did actually all have a go in the funnels and a couple went for a ride in the boat so she does get a bit of use out the some of the provided toys.
She also likes to get her mini-watering can and fill it up using the water from the sand pit and then water Mummy's plants - very handy!
But although she has played with the sand pit on numerous occasions since, the toys that you would use in the sand, she still has yet to discover their uses, which I'm confident she will in time.
What I found really good about this sand pit was the fact that it did have two sections, one for water and one for sand because then your child has a choice. My daughter obviously prefers splashing in water at the moment, but I'm sure soon she will love to play in the sand. She will always have the choice of both and I like that.
The actual pit stands about 45cm high which is pretty low in my opinion, especially since it's aimed at age 3 and higher. My daughter is quite a small 2 year old and it is the perfect height for her, so I think perhaps older children may have to stoop a lot when playing with it, and I think this could be an issue. This is why I can't understand why it is directed at 3 year olds.
So all in all I am really quite pleased with our purchase and I recommend it as something good for kids to play with in the garden. I think it's durable enough to last for years to come, but the height may become an issue as my daughter grows taller.
We bought the ELC Blue Table Sand Pit for our son last summer when he was one and a half years old. We only have a smallish, paved garden area so our choice is somewhat limited by the lack of grass so a sand and water play table on legs seemed like the ideal solution. Hunting one down last summer was a big challenge though - it took us weeks to track down a blue one, although the shops seemed to be full of the pink version and, by the time we actually found the one we wanted, a lot of the early summer sunshine had disappeared to be replaced by that wet weather that seems to characterise the British summer these days.
** The Main Product **
The ELC Blue Table Sand Pit is a sturdy square play table with a lid to protect the contents from the elements. The blue lid has a road layout on it which is perfect for little boys to play with their cars outside on days where the weather isn't good enough to open up the table (this is compatible with the ELC Happyland vehicles, but I honestly don't think it matters which type of cars you have). Inside, it is split into two sections, one for sand and one for water, which are at the perfect height and depth for toddlers and pre-schoolers to play comfortably. The lid fits well and keeps the rainwater out which I think is important for this type of toy.
** The Accessories **
The accessories included with the sandpit consist of funnels and water wheels which slot into holes on the ridge between the two sections and a selection of sand and water toys to enhance the playability of the toy. There are two types of funnel / water wheel for the central section. The first of these is a fairly wide cream funnel with a blue water wheel with a smiley face underneath it. The second is a more complicated structure, topped with a bright red funnel, with a water wheel below it. Under this first water wheel is a seesaw type device with two small water wheels underneath. The additional accessories are two scoops, a fork which is hollow enough to also be used to scoop up sand and water, a small blue boat for sailing in the water section and a starfish for making shapes in the sand.
** Playability **
My son absolutely loves this toy. Last summer he was 'scared' of the sand so mostly played with the water part. This usually involved him and his playmates soaking each other by tipping scoops full of water over each others heads, although as he got used to the toy he did start to play with it more constructively. He has now overcome his phobia of sand and loves playing with the sandpit part. I haven't filled it with water yet this year as he gets so wet that I only let him have water in it on a warm day, but he does play with the sand regularly. The only problem with this is that I have to keep scraping sand out of the funnels as he loves filling them up - however, he is happy and it occupies him for ages so I don't mind. I think it's a great toy for one child on their own or a group of small children - you can fit a few children round it and they all seem to love it, although in true toddler style, this does cause a few disagreements over who gets to play with what!
** Durability **
I have been pleasantly surprised by how well this product has survived being left out in the garden all winter. The lid fits so well that the inside has stayed really clean. It has taken a long time for the saturated sand to dry out, but when we opened it up a few weeks ago it was ready to be played with. I have seen other reviews which say that the funnels / water wheels break too easily, but ours are still in great condition, and all the accessories are still in one piece as well.
** Price **
The ELC Blue Table Sand Pit costs £45.00 from the Early Learning Centre. You can buy the sand to fill it there as well, but I think there are cheaper places to buy it.
** Overall Verdict **
This has been a great purchase for us and has provided my son with hours of entertainment. He's always really enthusiastic about the idea of playing it (especially if he sees me filling it up with water which he loves) and will play with it for a long period of time, even though concentration isn't usually his strong point. It's good for me too, as it means I can get out my deckchair and book and just relax in the sunshine, knowing that he is totally absorbed in what he is doing. I would highly recommend it for people who only have a small outside space and not much room to store garden toys as you really can just leave it in the garden and it doesn't take up too much space. My son can even set it up on his own now - I made the mistake of leaving the lid slightly loose while we were outside the other day, nipped in to make a drink and by the time I came out, he'd put all the funnels in the right places and was playing happily with the sandpit!
Comes with 8 toys, cover and detachable legs. Includes slots through the centre to place funnels and water wheels. Durable 2 piece plastic cover is included to keep the sand and toys safe and easily stored.