Product Type: ELC Outdoor Toy
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ELC spade - makes for better sandcastle building!
Member Name: karlsm93
Advantages: Sturdy, helps hand eye coordination
When my daughter was less than a year old and we enjoyed a couple of weeks of sunny, beach like weather, I bought her a Poundland bucket and spade set thinking it would do her first year, when she wasn't able to do much sandcastle building herself, and then when she was older I would purchase a better set. Well, a year on, the Poundland set was still going strong with the exception of the spade, which got misplaced. I had however, thought about getting her a bigger spade, after she was using her cousin's larger spade one sunny day on the beach and found it much much easier than the little spade that had come with the poundland set. My daughter's cousin had got the spade in the Early Learning Centre in the sale, and I was fortunate enough that when I also picked mine up in the sale as well, half price at £1.50, which I think is a fair price given the size of the spade and the fact that it is good quality.
According to the ELC, this spade is suitable for children from aged 2 onwards. My daughter isn't quite two yet, and has no problem manipulating this spade to dig, however, I think it would probably have been too big for her at 18 months or less, and so the age range is probably near enough appropriate.
This spade is made of plastic, however, there is a much sturdier feel that the cheap spades you get in the likes of Poudland. This spade actually serves several purposes for my daughter, as she loves helping her daddy in the garden, and now that we have a much larger garden having moved house recently, my daughter has much more opportunity to help in the garden. This spade is hauled out along with her Poundland bucket, and her wheelbarrow to help daddy dig up the vegetable patch and get it into shape. The length of the handle gives her enough leverage to lift the spade with either sand or muck (!) wherever she wants. She loves that she can move larger amounts compared with her previous small spade.
ELC claims that this product helps with hand eye coordination and I could see how that could be the case. Getting the sand/soil etc onto the spade and then moving the spade to as position where a bucket or hole etc could be filled, means a child needs to work on hand eye coordination. My daughter is fairly good at getting most of the sand/soil into the bucket or hole she is working with, without dropping huge amounts.
All in all, for the meagre price I paid for this robust and sturdy space, I am very happy. As I said, it serves two purposes for my daughter - in the garden and on the beach, so it was definitely worth the money, even if I had paid full price!
Summary: A great sturdy spade for the beach or garden