Product Type: Mattel Outdoor Toy
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Matalan Filled Beach Bucket
Member Name: xmum2threex
Matalan Filled Beach Bucket
Advantages: Lasts well
Disadvantages: Handle a little flimsy
As we stay just down the road from the beach whenever the weather is nice we try to pop down for a visit and make the most of it being so convenient. This means we have had many different buckets and spades as my children either loose a piece or just fancy something a little different so when I saw these buckets in our local Matalan on sale for £1 each I decided to pick them up a bucket each.
With the set you receive the bucket itself but it also contains a number of moulds and accessories inside to make your beach visit complete. The bucket itself is a fair size and can hold all the accessories inside easily so great for storage.
It is made from durable plastic and it is moulded perfectly to represent castle turrets and all and I often find some of the cheaper sets are just a round bucket that you pick up in shops next to the beach for nearly double the price. It has a handle on it for ease of carrying the bucket around which is great as my children like to search the beach for shells before they build their castle and this makes it a lot easier to carry.
It can easily hold sand and wet sand ready for making a castle and once in use the finished product is very satisfying for children who can then go on to use the other accessories to make their castle complete. There is also a spade of course for digging the sand up and placing it in the bucket and it really does work well the end of the spade is not huge and can only hold a small amount of sand but this does not seem to bother my children it adds to the fun and they take their time making the castle perfect.
There is also a rake in the set this probably got the least use out of all the items they like to mark a fort around there castle with this but that is about it we have taken the set to the beach a few times without this item and the children did not notice at all.
In the set we also received 3 different sand moulds a crocodile, a crab and sea horse again each is a fair size made out of plastic and a perfect size for little hands to hold. They only require a small amount of sand to fill them up and although the impressions do not come out perfect and you can hardly see any of the small details from the mould and it looks more like a blob of sand than anything else my children really think this are a fun addition. They are something a little bit different to what we have received in other sets and so they are very happy with their new additions to the set.
We brought these last October when they were on sale for the winter and since then have made a good few visits to the beach where they have lasted really well and proved to be a great hit. They have also been used at home with our sand and water table and my children like to pretend they are at the beach. They are bright in colour a great size to be both practical to use for little hands and produce a decent size castle and a great addition for a day out to the beach.
My only downside is the handle is not made of the same durable plastic as the bucket to make it nice and soft for little one to hold. It is great that it blends and flexes to provide more comfort for little one but this also makes it feel really flimsy and when the bucket is filled to the top with sand as this is rather heavy it can feel like it is about to snap not that it has of yet.
The regular retail for this bucket set is £3 which for the durability and time it lasts we think is a rather good price. It can easily be washed down and is it is made of plastic this brings it up as good as new and it can handle a bit of rough play which is great when it is being used by young children. I would definitely recommend this set to anyone that has a Matalan nearby and are taking a trip to the seaside.
Summary: A great addition for the beach
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