After my parents purchased one of these for my younger brother, he was so excited to get playing in it. Unfortunately, it was raining that day, so after sobbing himself to sleep, he woke up the next morning willing us to set it up for him.
After we took it out of the huge box, we saw that it was just a huge piece of plastic. It is a circular shape and has four turtle legs, a turtle's head and a domed back with a pattern like that on a turtle's shell. This makes it slightly resemble a turtle from above, but it doesn't look too much like a turtle. It didn't matter though, all my brother wanted was to play in the sand, after enjoying his last visit to the beach so much. The domed part of the turtle is the lid. It can be put on the sandbox when it is not in use to stop things getting in, however, it isn't always successful. We have still found many insects in there. Also, this lid can be easily removed with a small gust of wind and so many other things can get in there too. Fortunately, the first time this happened, there was nothing to be found in the sandpit and after this, we placed a brick on the lid when the sand pit was not in use to stop the lid from coming off.
The sandpit itself is 109cm by 119cm by 38cm and so it is pretty big. We have a relatively large garden and it doesn't take up too much room in it. There is still also room for a climbing frame and a 15ft trampoline in there too.
One downside of the sandpit is that it isn't very deep, so there is never much sand in it, although you could say that that is an upside because you don't have to buy too much sand, however I don't think this would have been much of a problem anyway as the bags of sand are relatively cheap in most places and we only needed 3. Also, with the sandpit itself being green, it looks rather camouflaged in the corner of our garden on the grass.
I separated from my son's father back in 2009 just a month before what would be my son's fourth birthday. He actually dealt with the change really well as both his Dad and I tried hard then to keep the disruption to a minimum but as it was his birthday approaching I knew I wanted to make sure he was treated to lots of lovely things so when my mum asked what he might like for his birthday I asked her to buy him the Little Tikes turtle sandbox as I knew it would last well and be well played with.
==What is it==
The Little Tikes turtle sandbox is basically a relatively large sandpit in the shape of a turtle. It is made from a tough green plastic and the base of the sandpit has four legs as well as a turtle head so it looks as though you are looking at a turtle from above I guess. It also has a domed lid which fits on the top of the sandpit meaning that when it is not in use cats and other such horrible things cannot get in there to do their business!
The sandbox measures 109cm by 119cm by 38cm and so it is pretty big. It fits well in to the corner of our back yard and whilst our yard isn't huge by any means we have the sand pit a trampoline and enough space to play as well so those with larger gardens would find it fits very well indeed.
The sandpit is quite light to carry before it is filled with sand even though the plastic feels thick and of good quality. I was able to pull it outside and put it in to position on my own before filling it with sand. The sand pit is able to hold 70kg of sand but I only put in two 10kg bags each time I use this as I don't want to over fill it and to be honest 20kg of sand is plenty for my son to play with and it doesn't look like the sandpit is under filled or anything!
What I really like about this sand pit is the fact that it has a domed lid which goes on top of the pit when it is not in use. As we keep our sand pit outside there are always cats sniffing around and they like to come in to my back yard for some reason and I wouldn't like to think that my son would be left their horrible presents in his sand. The lid prevents the cats from getting in to the sand as well as other kinds of bugs. As the lid is domed it means that you can keep all your sand toys in the sandpit and you will still be able to shut the lid on top of them. The only issue we have found is that sometimes in particularly nasty weather the lid can lift up and blow off slightly and so at times like this we place something heavy such as a scooter on top of the lid which just makes sure that it is kept in place protecting the sand inside. I always replace the sand in the sand pit each year but as the weather is so unpredictable we all know it can pour down in August yet be glorious in April!
My son really enjoys playing with the sand in this sand pit and whenever we have some nice weather he is out in the back yard playing with this and his other toys and I really encourage that because when I was young I remember I was out playing all the time and I don't really want my son to be out playing on the streets as he is still young and it is not as safe as it used to be but I do still think he needs the benefit of playing out in the fresh air. This sand pit helps to provide something for him to do outside and he enjoys playing with it.
We have always used this sandpit with sand but I see no reason why you couldn't use it for water play if you had no sand or had emptied it from sand and then had some more good weather later in the year.
The sandpit has lasted really well over the two years that we have had it and although there are some patches on the lid where the green colour has faded the main part of the sand pit is in excellent condition considering it has been out in all weather conditions for that time. The sand pit cost my mum around £35.00 a couple of years ago and whilst this may seem a little on the expensive side I can assure you that it isn't for a toy which will last many years. I would say that even children aged one can play in a sand pit as long as they are supervised properly and are stopped from eating the sand so it is something which potentially could last you six or seven years or even more making it excellent value.
Thank you for reading my review!
My aunt bought this sandbox for Hollie for her first Christmas, obviously we both knew that at (then) six months old it wasn't going to be used for a while but a few months later in the summer I took it out of the huge box and set it up in readiness for any interest Hollie may display. And also for Alice, who has always loved playing with these chunky plastic toys despite being eight years older than Hollie!
As you can see from the piccie, this is a green turtle shaped sandpit (sandbox sounds *so* quasi-American) which comes complete with a lid to prevent your local cat population from deciding to use it as a toilet. It'll hold 70kg of sand, although personally I use less than this as if you fill it with the full 70kg you'll find there isn't much room for your child to sit and they'll be kinda 'perched' on the top of it rather than actually sitting in the sand. Obviously the sand isn't included, although play sand (you must never use builders sand due to the glass content) is available very cheaply from all sorts of places including Argos.
The turtle doesn't need putting together; you literally just need the arm power to extract the base and lid from the box and find somewhere to lay it down. It has quite a large footprint so be aware that you need quite a bit of room for the sandpit, also remember that wherever this is placed it will result in the grass underneath dying - not a problem if you're planning to leave it in the same position for the duration of summer, but even after a couple of days the grass turns yellow and flattens down beyond all chances of saving it. It took me less than ten minutes to get the turtle in a playable condition, including emptying several bags of sand into it, so this isn't a toy you're going to end up hating after spending hours putting the thing together before it's even been played with.
The turtle is made of very chunky plastic and has an excellent centre of gravity due to it being so low down on the floor. Once filled with sand it becomes so heavy that it would be impossible for your child to flip it over by standing on the edge, actually I doubt this would happen even when empty as the base is so wide and the sandpit is heavy and bulky in it's own right. Hollie's had a few bumps and bruises over the years which have been caused either by over-enthusiastically jumping around in the sand, or even just because she's been running around in the general area of the sandpit and has tripped and banged herself on the base - the feet of the turtle being notorious in this garden for being tripped over.
The lid fits brilliantly thanks to two chunky posts on the base which fit into corresponding holes in the lid. This makes the sandpit much more secure and protected from the elements than the more traditional clamshell sandpits where the lid simply rests on the base; no water has *ever* got inside the turtle sandpit, a couple of winters ago I forgot completely to empty the sand out and when Hollie came to use it again (five or so months later) the sand was still in perfect condition despite the fact that the turtle had been quite literally covered in snow at one point! Weathering is fine, the sandpit has lost some of it's vibrancy in the almost four years that we've owned it but to be honest you'd never notice unless you compared it to a newer toy of a similar colour. Little Tikes do produce toys with a long lifespan, and this turtle is no exception as there are no cracks or scuffs to be seen on the body of the sandpit - which is surprising considering Hollie shows little interest in actually looking after her toys.
Hollie has had so much fun with this sandpit and I think it's a lovely item to have in the garden. Unfortunately he's off to another home soon as she's now the proud owner of a sand and water table, which is more suitable for her age and height. She has played with him over three full summers though and I've lost count of the amount of sandcastles she's built in this time, my only criticism really is that the lid has too much of a rounded shape to be able to fill with water (as you can with most clamshell sandpits) as this would have given the turtle a completely new play-value aspect.
We do love this turtle though. At one point or another we've all played with it (I recall one vodka fuelled night when me and Mark spent hours creating an exact replica of Warwick Castle, or so we thought in our drink-addled minds), I'm extremely impressed that such a very basic toy has lasted for so long and has given Hollie so many hours (nay, months) of enjoyment.
We bought one of these Turtle shaped sand boxes for when the grand children come round. We wanted something they could play in that was easy to cover up when not in use and that wouldn't take up too much room. We were wondering what to get when we spotted one of these at a boot fair the other week. The lady selling it was asking for £10 for it but we managed to knock her down to a fiver which I thought was a brilliant price for it.
On getting it home I gave it a good clean out with some hot soapy water and a bit of disinfectant in it and left it to dry out completely.
We found some play sand on the Argos website which was £2.99 for a 15k bag. We bought 4 of these bags and it was just the right amount for the box.
The box is very sturdy being made by Little Tikes. Their outdoor equipment is very strong and will take a lot of battering. This sand box, being second hand, was already a bit battered but it was just a case of the outside looking a bit scratched. The whole thing itself is not broken at all and I think it would take quite a bit of battering to actually break it anyway.
The lid fits on nicely and we find that if its raining the sand does not get wet and messed up. The shape of the box is quite sweet looking and it is a nice colour for the garden, being green it doesn't stick out like a sore thumb when we have it shut up and down the end.
The children love playing in this sand pit and it keeps all the sand nicely inside, there is not really much mess to clear up and I don't think we would need another bag of sand for the remainder of this summer.
To buy one of these sand boxes brand new it would cost about £50 which is a bit expensive seeing as you would need to buy the sand as well on top of this cost so best to have a look round the boot fairs or may be in the local newspaper ads and see if you can buy a second hand one.
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Little Tikes Turtle Sandbox
I am always amazed that children's toys can go for quite an expense in some shops, and so it is not a surprise that many turn towards Ebay or Freecycle to obtain playthings for their little ones. This particular sandbox is literally two large plastic containers and still it can go for as much as £50.00! Yes, Little Tikes products are known for their durability and safety, though for two lumps of plastic I personally feel that it is way too much! Needless to say, I looked around for a cheaper version and in the end came up trumps on Freecycle (an online site where people recycle their old things for free!). I was especially pleased at the good condition it came in as well!
As already mentioned, the sandpit is made of a durable, hard plastic which comes in two halves. When put together, the two halves create a turtle shape. The sandpit has only one colour to it; green, though there are green decoration to add to the turtle appearance as well as a turtle head at one end with two large eyes which are part of the plastic and so do not rub off.
I always knew I wanted to get our little one this particular sandpit and she loves taking her shoes off and wading into sand, though there were other factors in which persuaded me on this model which includes a firmly fixed lid; easy enough for a young child to take off, though fixed tightly enough to stop rain water getting in or wind blowing it off. You would not think that the lid would sit so firmly onto the base as all that holds it there is two holes which fit over two thick plastic raised rods, but it does!
Another nice part about this sandpit is the rim around the outside of the sand bottom base. This is wide enough for children to sit on comfortably if you do not wish them to get their clothes completely covered in sand! One aspect in which we hoped this sandpit would have been space in the lid for water. Unfortunately, apart from a little puddle, the lid is not deep enough, nor is it shaped well to hold any real amount of water.
The sand pit holds a good amount of sand at approximately 60kg worth of it! We have not filled it all up, though, as even with half the pit filled up, we find sand goes everywhere!
My little one loves this sand pit and keeps her entertained for hours. She especially loves it when we have her small paddling pool next to it to give her a sea and beach scene!
£50.00 is, in my opinion, way too much for this sand pit. It is a lovely sand pit and apart from not allowing water in the lid, is a perfect buy, though I would say it is worth more in the range of £15-£20 at the most! I certainly got a bargain when I picked it up for free!
Recommended though look for cheaper places!
You've got to love this Turtle!
It's made by Little Tikes, it's very hardwearing, we've had ours for 2 years of hard play and hard winter but it's still looking good and has also become a much loved member of the family. I kid you not! During the last heavy snowfall, my son insisted that I wipe the snow off the top of the turtle, so that he could see! Well... at least I didn't have to sit it in front of the fire and feed it hot soup. Maybe this winter!
Also it has a lid, that keeps out rain, snow, leaves, flies, cats and foxes although I do put a brick on top as it's not quite as sturdy as the base and did once nearly blow away in a gale.
Now, it's quite large at 1.09m x 1.19m x 0.38m but it does mean that you have, I mean your kids have plenty of room to play. I used approximately 4 x 10kg bags of play sand in ours, but it will hold considerably more, I'm just a skinflint and I find if you fill it too high then sand just gets thrown over the sides!
It also has a nice sturdy edge for the kids to sit on and a lovely little face, although the eyes do seem follow you around the garden.
I will also let you into a little secret... it's not just a sandbox.
It has also been a paddling pool last summer, and a flying saucer when it was emptied of sand last autumn. Just add a little imagination really..
Oh, and at the moment it's a ball pit!
It says that this sandbox is suitable for ages 1 to 6 and in truth they will actually play with it when they are older and it's built to last. This is worth considering when you pay £49.99 for a sandbox. You will inevitably get your moneys worth with this and there's not many toys that you can honestly say that about.
All in all an excellent purchase!
5 Stars? No diggity, no doubt!
Thanks for reading.
Little tikes has been on the go for years, i remember my little brother having little tikes toys and ride on and he is now 24. My brother even had the exact sandpit when he was pre school age so i was thrilled when i seen the same sandpit for sale in toys r us.
I bought the sandpit for my girls when they were around 14 moths old, i purchased some sand toys and a wheel too, the two of them would play for ages just plonked in the sandpit and dig around.
I paid £49.99 for the little tikes sandpit and it seems a lot of money for a plastic sandpit but i know just how good little tikes products are so was prepared to spend that amount.
The sand pit is made from hard wearing moulded plastic. Little tikes turtle sandpit base is shaped like a turtle with a head at the top, and four rounded bumps at the sides to resemble legs. The head has two big eyes these are also plastic and not stickers.
The good thing about the sand pit is it has a lit shaped like a turtle shell with grooves on it to look like the pattern of the shell.
The lid fits snugly on top of the turtle base and stays in place, even on windy days the lid has not come off. It keeps the rain out completely and little bugs. I like the lid for this reason as the sandpit and my mums house even when the lid is on their is always a puddle in the middle of the sand and maggots from the blue bottles. There would be nothing worse than filling the sandpit up with sand then having to empty it out again and buy more sand.
For the lid to stay on properly there are two plastic thin rods around two inches high on either side of the sand pit, the lid has two indents on it these parts fir into each other to keep the lid secure.
Little tikes sandpit has a thick ledge going around the edge this is nice as the girls can sit on there whilst playing or kneel outside and lean in however they prefer to sit on the ledge with their toes in the sand now.
I was surprise how much sand the sandpit took around four full bags of play sand, one bag of sand holds 15kg.
Little tikes turtle sandpit has been sitting on the grass on the same sport since the day we bought it, i haven't packed it away for winter because we had no more room in our shed. After a quick wash down last weekend and a rinse with the hose its as good as new again, the colour hasn't faded either so i'm very pleased.
The sandpit comes with an age range from one year olds to six.
My daughters love this sandpit as do their little friends that come to play. We have many sand toys that keep them busy. I feel sand is great for children to play as can be educational for instants can be creative when building or making shapes in the sand, encourages verbal skills, social skills if there is more than one child playing, and be imaginative.
This is a lovely sand pit, hard wearing, fun, bright and a little tikes classic. This is sure to keep the children entertained for hours during the summer as it has for my own kids over the last few years. I highly recommend.
We've spotted this strange yellow glowing thing in the sky of late - Spring, it appears has sprung, and we've even been brave enough to venture out into the garden where our range of garden have been lying neglected during what has been a long Winter, case in point this Sandbox, which we have owned for over 2 years, it was a second birthday purchase which has been very successful.
Our turtle is pink, rather than the green pictured (it also comes in blue), but is identical in all other aspects. We bought it from Toysrus, for a reasonable £30, it seems to cost anything from £40- £94 now, at the lower range it's a good buy I think, like all Little Tikes products I have come across the sandbox is made from a durable and sturdy plastic and has been designed with children in mind. It's 1.19 metre across and the rim is under 30cm high - though the manufacturer says the age range is from 3+, in my opinion it's a good toy for toddlers up who are likely to enjoy playing with sand. You should take into consideration the cost of sand when buying this, you will need 4 bags or so to fill it adequately for play in my experience and probably will need to replenish it fairly frequently as sand, inevitably, gets spread around the garden.
One good feature about this sandbox is the lid - this means that, when not in use, the sandbox is protected from the elements and also from any visiting animals. We find we can store most of our sand toys under the lid, as it has two studs on it, once on it doesn't get blown off in even the worst weather, and though it is light enough to be removed it's very strong - it's not particularly designed to be played with but my children have used it to mix many a "magic potion" to no ill effect.
As you can see from the picture the sandbox itself is pretty low on features; I find that about 3-4 children can play around it comfortably and the edge is big enough for little bottoms to perch on without being an obstacle for them. The plastic has faded a little over time, but not dramatically, bearing in mind ours has been outside in two severe Winters now, and it's still got plenty of life left in it and seems to still be enjoyed by my children, who are age 4 and 7. The children have enjoyed playing with it since they got it - I think there's something universal about the appeal of playing with sand. I don't think it needs to have any fancy water play feature with it, and we have a separate water play table, but I do know that Little Tikes have brought out a 30 year anniversary version of this sandpit which has a small "river" within the rim, should you wish to have this feature - I can't comment on how good it is as I haven't seen it, but the original version that I have is also still widely available. Our sandpit, the non-river type, has, at various times, been used as a pirate island, a beach, to make castles or hide dinosaurs - it really has been much played with and enjoyed in the time we have had it.
Overall the Turtle Sandpit is a simple and well made and traditional toy. It may not be as environmentally friendly as a wooden version but it's robust and really appeals to children, for those reasons I would really recommend it.
In my previous nursery the little sandbox was a firm favourite and we used to use it for to things one obviously being sand the other was plastic play balls.
This sandbox is of course in the shape of a turtle as you can see from the picture it is made from plastic making it water resistant and it was quite wearing on more than one occasion ours was trampled on by an over excited toddler and the case did not crack. It was also kept outside and in the 5 years I worked there stood strong through all weathers and also the colour stayed the same. The turtles shell swings open and as it got older swung off but to be fair it was used alot and if you had this for your home it would not get as much use as a nursery for 140 children could give it. The sand pit can hold 70 kg of sand which is a good amount for general play and the children can climb in there if they want to.
The turtle is 109cm L x 119cm W x 38cm not huge about 3 children could probably get in there at one time which for a home is enough I would say. The lid means you can cover it at night and no animals can get in and mess it up if you know what I mean lol. It also stops the rain getting in.
As I said at the beginning we also used to put balls in there to make the children a ball pool great if you want to use it indoors in winter when your less likely to be playing in sand outside.
This sandbox was donated to the nursery but looking online I have found out they can be purchased for as little as £10 used on ebay up to £60 new from online retailers. Even at £60 I would say it was worth it and will definatley last.
When my eldest daughter was just a baby my sister in law was having a sort out and gave us a Little tikes Turtle Sandpit along with a few other garden toys as she no longer needed them.
When we got it our turtle sandpit was in a good used condition and we were very glad of it. We put down some woodchip in a corner of the garden and the sandpit took pride of place. Seven years later the sandpit is still there and still in a good used condition.
The sandpit is quite a large circular shape and has head and feet like a turtle. The shell part of the turtle is the lid that fits by just placing it over the top and lining up two notches to keep it secure.
The whole thing is quite heavy but can easily be moved about as there are only the two parts and there is no construction necessary.
Our turtle is blue but I have seen them available in green and pink and they are currently (Aug 2010) available online for £39.99 and are available from places like Toys r Us.
We find that two 15 Kilo bags of children's play sand is enough to fill the sand pit without it spilling out every time the children play. As long as you remember to cover the sandpit the sand will last you a while. Our garden is quite open and we do get a lot of wind and strong breezes and I have never known the lid to be blow away even though there are no clasps or catches.
We have been using this sand pit for almost 7 years and it has plenty of life left in it. We have cleaned it many times and even jet washed it and it is still in good condition. It has faded a little from the sun but it stays outside in all weathers so a little fading is to be expected. I have no idea how old this sandpit is but it lasting really well.
Overall I am very happy with our Little Tikes Turtle Sandpit and would happily pay £40 for it knowing that it is a good quality long lasting garden toy. I would certainly recommend it to others.
This turtle sandbox was purchased for my daughter by my Grandad and Uncle for her 1st birthday. Luckily, her birthday is in the summer so she was able to use it right away.
The sand pit is shaped like a turtle which is green in colour. It is quite large and is made from very thick and durable plastic. The turtle has big eyes and a smile on his face. The face is just a sticker though. He is completely shaped like a turtle with 4 legs for support and his head.
The inner bit of the turtle where the sand goes isn't overly deep but deep enough for it to stretch out over its 1-6 years age range. There are two little ledges in the actual pit either side for your child to sit on whilst playing which I thought was a nice touch. The inside of the sandpit is also green. The one thing I really like about this sandpit is that if you don't have any sand and it is hot enough, you can put water in it instead. This is a really good idea of doubling up and although it is not particularly deep, I do recommend adult supervision if you decide to use the pit in this manner. My daughter preferred it as a sandpit though.
To cover the sandpit when it is not in use, there is a green lid which is shaped like the turtle's shell which i thought was a nice touch and it has all the little criss cross shapes on it. The lid fits on nicely but if there are strong winds then it will come off so if you are leaving it out in the winter, make sure you put something heavy on the top to stop it coming off. We leave something on it at all times just in case of the odd fox that may get the lid off and poo in the sand.
The dimensions of the pit are 1.09m x 1.19m x 0.38m and it can hold up to 70kg of sand. This works out at roughly 10 bags but we have never filled it up that much as my daughter was quite young when she got and now she likes to occassionally chuck some over the side so it gets wasted a little bit if you put too much in.
My Grandad and Uncle paid £39.99 for the sandpit in 2007 and it is still around that price now. We have had the sandpit for 3 years and it is still in fabulous condition, despite being outside in the sun, rain, sleet, wind and snow. He hasn't faded and he has never broken plus the sticker which is his face is still there too!
My daughter has always loved her sandpit. She uses it every summer and dreads the winter when she cannot go and get in it as much as she would like. She can spend hours in the sandpit just digging and playing hidden treasure games as well as building sandcastles.
I definately recommend this item. It is well made, durable and my daughter is now 4 years old and it is still perfect for her. A great item from Little Tikes.
My daughter has never really been a fan of sand as she couldn't bear the feel of the sand on her hands, and it was even worse if it went on her feet (like mother like daughter!!!). However on a recent trip to the seaside with my friend and her little boy we went on the beach and to my absolute suprise she had a whale of a time and even went as far as going barefoot on the sand. I was so shocked as previously we would just have tears if we did this! When we arrived home she kept asking to make a sandcastle (or sand-bucket as she always calls it) and I felt dreadful as I had never bought her a sandpit due to her dislike of the feel.
Luckily, my friend had a turtle sandpit that her children had outgrown and she asked me if I would like it for my daughter so of course I just jumped at the chance! After a quick clean it came out like new, in such brilliant condition so I was over the moon with this. A quick trip to Tesco where bags of sand were on offer for 2 for £4.00 (the cheapest I have seen anywhere) and we were ready for play!
The sandpit is a large green turtle, made from extremely strong plastic which is really durable, and it has big white eyes and a little smile on his face. It comes with a large green lid which is in the shape of a shell and this offers great protection from the weather, and cats poo!! (a real problem that I have heard about with sandpits). The lid fits quite snugly so is kept in place. The dimensions of the pit are 1.09m x 1.19m x 0.38m which is a great size for a first sandpit. This sandpit can hold up to 70kg of sand, which is a large amount and I have never filled it so high, I used six bags and that was plenty for my daughter to play in.
I have seen the sandpit for sale online for £39.99 but I would probably try Ebay or Amazon for a cheaper option.
My daughter has had loads of fun playing in her sandpit, making sandcastles, digging holes, playing with a digger truck and much more - there are so many options of play with sand. It can hold her attention for a good couple of hours, and its usually me that ends play when we need to go inside much to her disappointment!! I love the design, its such a cute sand pit and is appealing to children.
A really good first sandpit, and I give it a full five out of five stars!