Product Type: Plum Products Outdoor Toy
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Plum Products Octagonal Sandpit
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Plum Products Octagonal Sandpit
Date: 31/05/10, updated on 31/05/10 (258 review reads)
Advantages: Hours of fun
Disadvantages: Could do with sturdy cover
I received a £25 discount for Woolworths and found a wooden sandpit for my son that was £49.99 so thought that is was an excellent buy for £25. It arrived in a small flat pack box which I stored in the garage for a few months until a week before my son's birthday.
The sandpit itself is octagonal shaped and made with treated timber and is guaranteed for a year against wood rot and insect damage.
Its dimensions when build are
Height 23 cm
I opened it out the front of the house so I could store it in the garage till the night before his birthday and then just carry it through to the back garden. It took me a couple of minutes to understand how to put it together. It was a simple case of slotting the wood together and then screwing the four corner seats to the wood. The holes are not pre drilled so did take a lot of effort to screw in. The big problem was that it isn't actually secured together so ended up taping the pieces of wood together so that I would be able to move it. It has a base cover which is designed to let the water drain but also stops weeds growing through. The instructions suggest that you lay it down in the ground and then put the sand pit on top but I tacked the sheet to the bottom of the sandpit I have put three bags of play sand in. It could easily accommodate more but there was just about enough. The green cover is water proof and slips neatly over the sandpit.
I found it difficult to get the slots to stay together as it isn't on a completely flat surface as our garden is on slope and the only flat part has a trampoline standing on it. I actually decided to give my son his sandpit a day early as he was having a tea party for a few friends and as it was going to be a lovely day so was going to be held in the garden. We were going on a trip on his actual birthday so this seemed the most appropriate time to give it to him. My son was delighted when he saw his sandpit which I had put the cover on and hidden buckets spades and a sand vehicle so he when he removed the cover discovers even more. He got to have a play on his own before his friends arrived. It turned out that the sandpit was the centre of the party and there were children from under one to four years of age attending his party with both boys and girls and each one thoroughly enjoyed the sand pit in different ways. The oldest was obviously the most capable of building sand castles and the boys tended to play more with the vehicles and drive them around the sand dunes.
When we have had a sunny day and he has his paddling pool he has turned it into the seaside running from the sandpit to the paddling pool shouting " in the sea" and then "on the beach". I do think the sandpit has sparked his imagination in many ways. I also think it has helped his co ordination and is much more skilled at building sand castles.
We pretty much straight away established a rule that there would be no shoes in the sandpit to try and keep the sand clean. I have had one of his friends who has visited that had a little tantrum as he didn't want to take his shoes off but regular children who come to play all automatically take their shoes off. I did discover after less than a week that the local cats had started using my son's sandpit as a toilet. While I had covered it up at night if we had gone out and I had not expected rain I had left it open for my son to play in when we returned. This resulted in having to dispose of all the sand and clean all his buckets and other play things in boiling water. I did at this point as I had to dismantle move most of the sand pit stuck the wood together with no more nails which has made the sandpit far more sturdy. I was advised by a friend to use lemon juice to deter the cats so I let some soak into the wood and mixed Lemon juice in with the sand. This does seem to have deterred cats from our garden never mind the sand pit so am very happy. I did actually apply more lemon juice yesterday to ensure things remained the same.
I have found the cover is completely inadequate. I have often found it had caved in during the night or when it has rained. I do think partly this may be due to cats walking on it but also wind and puddles of water that form in the centre of the cover. I now have bricks on top of the cover on each of the four seats when it is covered but still it can be difficult to remove the cover after it has rained which often results with the puddle of water ending up in the sand.
Overall I do think this product does have many flaws for the current price at Woolworths of £54 this seems to be too much for a product with many faults. However my son has owned this product for about 6 weeks and he and his friends have had hours of fun and there is something much more magical about been able to climb in your sandpit than just put your hands in however if I was purchasing a sandpit again I would look for a different product. I have seen this product available at Amazon and Marshall ward Catalogue if you decide this product is for you.
Summary: A fun toy which with some thoght could be a great product