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      14.07.2013 22:03
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      3 stars

      We bought this bag of sand from Tesco about 3 weeks ago and it's been a big hit so far with the grandchildren, however, I don't think it is as good as the sand we bought from the pound shop.

      This sand comes in a big plastic bag and contains 10kg. It cost us £2.99.

      At the moment my grandchildren are spending lots of time outside really making the most of this weather and I love being able to give them the outside toys that they play with for a long time. My grandchildren seem to adore sand and will play quite happily in it. When they came to visit me at the caravan we bought some sand from the pound shop and they played in it quite happily for ages so when we got home we bought some more but this time it was this sand from Tesco.

      One thing I noticed as soon as it came out of the bag is that it is paler than the other sand and the consistency of it seems a bit more clumpy than normal as though it already has a bit of water in it to hold it together. My grandchildren don't mind or even notice and carry on playing with this happily.

      I find it difficult to get out of the bag because there is such a lot in it it's heavy to lift but because it's quite clumpy it is hard to just get out, it seems to come out in clumps. I struggle to hold it up to let it just 'pour' out.

      Although I don't think that this is the best sand, it's not as grainy and fine as you would expect, my grandchildren don't seem to mind it at all and will play quite happily in it. We've found if you ad more water they can create lots of exciting things almost sculpting it with their toys.

      I think I will probably buy more in future from the pound shop.

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      14.07.2013 21:31
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      A good value bag of play sand

      When it comes to buying sand for my daughters sand tray, I normally buy from work but I spotted this reduced in Tesco's last year so decided to buy a couple of bags.

      The sand comes in 10kg bags and is available to buy online from Tesco Direct or in store and retails for £2.50 a bag. I brought mine towards the end of the season for around 75p a bag so if you can hang on or prepare for next year, I would always recommend visiting towards the end of the summer holidays and most of the outdoor toys and products get heavily discounted.

      The sand comes in quite a large (and heavy) white bag; on the front is picture of sand with some writing and moulds on it. The packaging is nothing fancy to look at which didn't bother me too much, The plastic bag was quite thick and I had no concerns that it would split while handling it, although I did notice when I brought it that there had been a spillage., it is worth noting that the bag does have a handle to help you carry it, although I didn't use it, my other half did!

      The sand is nice and soft meaning it was easy for Lauren to scoop up and fill her buckets I found the sand quite moist so it was easy to build castles or for Lauren to use her molds, as time when on, the sand dry out slightly, I can add a cup of water and this restores it back to a usable condition

      The only downside for me is with beach sand, you can wipe this easily off you hands and feet but because of how fine this is, the only way to completely remove from my hands was to rinse them which is a bit of a pain. Having said this, I don't think this problem is just limited to Tesco play sand as I have experienced it with other brands too.

      The sand is non toxic which is great as you can guarantee no matter how much you watch your little ones, they will probably get in their mouths! According to the packaging, the sand is suitable from 1 year plus.

      Overall, we have had lots of fun playing with the sand and I would recommend, giving it 5 out of 5 stars.

      Thanks for reading.

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      09.07.2013 22:40
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      Good play sand and Clubcard points as well.

      Buying a bag of sand along with your groceries is perhaps a novel concept for your weekly shop. But that is just what I did a while back when I needed a small bag of sand at home. In terms of what you get, it is a 10kg bag of fine sand for the princely sum of £2.50. The plastic bag itself is quite tough with a carry handle at the top, so I didn't have any concerns or issues putting it into my trolley with everything else.

      The label of 'Play Sand' gives you a clue that it is ideally meant to be used in a kiddies play sand pit or tray, and for that purpose, it is ideal because it is a very fine dry sand, much finer than you would find on a beach or the sort you would get from a builders yard. So it's not really going to do that much damage to little kiddy hands playing with it. Tesco also claim that the sand is non-toxic and non-staining, which is a good thing for kiddies because they are bound to get it everywhere possible - including their mouths, hair, clothes, eyes and anywhere else that you would never possibly imagine. Of note, they quote the age range as 1-2yrs, but I could imagine slightly older kids having just as much fun with it.

      Now my kids are slightly (much?) older than the age range for this sand and perhaps a little beyond the idea of a sand pit - although I did suggest it, which they baulked at!. My daughter did suggest that I could create a little cat litter spot in the garden for all the cats in the neighbourhood to use, which I baulked at.

      The real reason I bought this sand was to put it in the bottom of our fire pit. I have a large metal bowl type affair in the garden which we burn things in, and it makes a great focal point to sit around in the evening when we have friends round to have a drink or 2. But to save the fire burning directly on the metal base, I always put a bag of sand in the bottom, and then burn the fire on that. In the past, I have used a bag of sand from a DIY store, but it was always too much and a bit of a pain to have the spare sand sat around in the shed.

      So this 10kg bag of Tesco Play Sand was ideal for my needs in terms of size and price. As a bonus, you also get couple of Clubcard points (every little helps etc).

      In summary, I suppose you could say that this sand is very versatile with many uses beyond making a simple kiddies sand pit.

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      01.07.2013 19:51
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      It's sand, what more can I say?

      Tesco play sand is actually made of lemons, unlike tesco real sand which is made of sand. No in reality, Tesco play sand isn't pretending to be anything, it is sand for kids to play with in their sandpit.

      For £2.50 you can buy 10kg of sand which should be enough to fill most sand tables and probably around a third to half of a sand pit. We have a water and sand table, so one of these was perfect for our needs.

      I had considered buying bags of this for my stationary punch bag, but I decided against it as the sand was too fine and I wanted something rougher and grittier to punch, however, as a product for little kids, this is brilliant and really is the perfect consistency to ensure your little one doesn't swallow anything jagged or sharp, if they do decide to try a handful of sand for a pre-lunch snack.

      So, this product is only available from Tesco, the bag is large and very hard wearing, which is reassuring in view of the weight. I would recommend either buying these when you have the car with you, or having it delivered as this is quite a hefty bag to carry on the bus with you.

      Once we got the sand bag home, opening it was easy by cutting a corner with garden scissors, the rest of the bag remained intact and it was a breeze pouring the sand onto the sand table.

      It almost feels as though the sand has been sieved to remove pebbles or anything that could prove hazardous to little ones as the sand is very fine. My toddler has swallowed some, got some in their eye and got sand everywhere else they possibly could. There has been no adverse reaction and the bag does stipulate the sand is entirely free of chemicals which is reassuring.

      The bag appears to be quite small when, but it does fill a reasonable sized sand table with ease with some left over in case of spillages or accidents. I was pleasantly surprised by the price and will definitely buy more in the future.

      I would recommend this for childrens playtime, but you probably want a rougher sand for any garden related work you wish to do with it. Therefore only purchase if you want a soft, non gritty product for your little ones to play with.

      Overall I think this is well produced, the bag is sturdy and unlikely to rip which is massively reassuring when you have limited garage space and patience. The price is reasonable and we've had no problems with it at all.

      As far as you can describe sand as being a decent product I would, it's not going to change your world, but this is convenient, cheap, designed with kids in mind and well packaged. Just right for garden play with your little ones and their friends.

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        26.06.2013 21:56
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        fantastic value

        My son is lucky enough to benefit from toys to play with not only at home but at both sets of grandparents too. Amongst the outdoor toys he has at his grandparents is a little sand play table that he absolutely loves. I have to confess that I love the fact that he has this elsewhere and not at home because it means that I do not have to clear up the mess he makes!Being just 2 years old, we do end up with a fair bit of sand lost over the side of the table each time he has it out and, as a result, the sand supply needs relatively frequent replenishing .

        Fairly recently, I noticed that Tesco had relatively large bags of playsand on offer at less than £2 a bag. The bags contain 10kg of sand which I think is excellent value. The sand comes in thick plastic bags that are strong and best cut open with scissors. They are not easy to pour from but it is easy enough to scoop the sand out.The sand itself is quite clumpy in the bag but is easily broken apart with a spade.As far as the quality of the sand goes, it is certainly of no worse quality than any of the more expensive play sands we have bought. It moulds together well with a bit of water and my son loves playing with it. It is smooth and not too gritty and is slightly darker in colour than other play sands we have used - although this has no effect on how it acts as play sand

        Overall, this sand suits our needs perfectly. It is a great price for a substantial amount of sand so the wastage that we get everytime my son plays with it does not end up costing us a fortune. The quality is good too so I definitely give it 5 stars.

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        29.04.2012 10:27
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        Great product

        If you are going to have a sand pit then you need to buy sand, sort of obvious I guess but you do need to bear in mind the additional cost and also the cost of replaceing the sand when it gets dirty or if a neighbours cat decides to use your sand pit as a large, convenient toilet when you have forgot to move it in at night or cover it up.

        The sand is sold in 10kg bags and each one costs just under £3 however some times they have bulk buy discounts running so if you have a large sand pit then it is worth stocking up for when you want to replace the sand. The sand comes in a robust plastic bag which is plenty thick enough provided it is handled with a certain degree of care and there is a handle at the top to help with the carrying and moving it over short distances. Age wise the packaging says it is suitable for children 18 months and over, so basically once they are old enough to have learnt that sand does not taste nice and to recognise that fact in the future.

        The sand is a nice clean off white colour and is very fine, it is easy to move around and to create shapes however you may need to add a little water for any larger constructions. Being so fine it is easy to get out of clothes and also little bodies and the sand will not clog up your washing machine if you miss any before putting clothes in the was, also it is non staining as well.

        There is not a great deal to say about this product other than the quality is good and the price is very reasonable and it is the only sand that we use at it works out so cost effective.

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        26.04.2012 20:09
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        Good Play Sand from Tesco

        Both of my daughters have enjoyed sand play since they were babies, I have been using Tesco play sand because it is convenient to have it delivered with my shopping.

        It is a 10kg bag of very soft sand, it is suitable for children from one year old as the sand is not toxic. It is a golden brown with a heavy consistency that helps children to shape the sand and build sandcastles, the last play sand I bought was from Argos and this was very loosely packed so that until I dampened it slightly the sand wouldn't stick well enough to form a good sandcastle. There was no such frustration with the Tesco sand and my daughters have had hours of use from the two bags we used to fill the sand pit.

        It dries after rain, we currently don't have a cover for our sand pit so even though it's under cover the rain does get to the sand sometimes. It doesn't take long to dry, but when a previous bag of sand was saturated in a storm it simply would not dry and we had to scoop it all out and replace it.

        I recommend this sand for children of all ages. It's soft with a gentle texture, it won't irritate sensitive little hands and the thick sludge created when the sand gets wet should prevent children swallowing too much!

        It's £2.26 a bag from Tesco and the average sand pit will need two or three bags to fill it.  

        5 Dooyoo Stars.

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        22.08.2011 03:19
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        Good value!

        Me and my boyfriend bought a bag of the Tesco Play Sand around 2 weeks ago now however only got around to using it last weekend. It was quite a sunny weekend so we decided to fill my paddling pool with sand for a change and have a bit of a play. You're probably thinking we're utter weirdo's, but anyone who is a regular reader of my reviews will know that I have a 3 year old step son, Taylor, so our excuse was that the homemade sand pit was for him, lol. At first, as I am currently in Grimsby and near the (cleethorpes) beach, I was set upon the idea of simply going to the beach, scooping up as much sand as possible and legging it, however because my boyfriend was so against that particular idea (I wonder why!?) and plus the fact that I am a bit of a hygiene freak and sand from a public beach isn't going to be the cleanest sand to play in, me and my boyfriend decided to jump in his car and nip down to Tesco and have a nose at what they had to offer. I must admit I was a bit tipsy and the thought of having my own sand pit was slightly amusing and exciting at the time as it reminds me of my childhood. Don't worry, my boyfriend was sober and he was the one driving!

        I was quite suprised to see that Tesco have there own brand of sand, and the quantity in which they sell it - the bags that the sand comes in are 10kg each! I was expecting 1kg bags and was slightly annoyed that there weren't any smaller bags available (that I could see, anyway). Each 10kg bag is £2.87 or you can by 3 for £6 (30kg all together) which is good value and ideal if you have a large sandpit to fill, however as we only wanted enough to fill a small child's plastic paddling pool we opted for the single 10kg bag. It sounds quite heavy but in reality my boyfriend had no issue carrying it to the checkout and it fitted into the car boot easily. The bag is nice and sturdy (thick plastic type material) and it has a handle you can hold onto, which didn't break under the strain. The handle was slightly too small for my boyfriend, but that's not a huge issue as he was able to just cradle it lol.

        Tesco describe this sand as non-toxic and non-staining, and state it is suitable for children who are 18 months plus (1 and a half years old). My step son is 3 so he is old enough to know not to eat the sand (although I keep a close eye on him to be sure, as any parent should do with a small child). To use the sand we simply cut the bag open with a pair of sharp scissors and poured the sand into the (empty) paddling pool. The sand tipped out easily and quickly and the 10kg was plenty enough to fill the paddling pool to just under half way. The sand is almost white in colour (much lighter and 'purer' looking than usual beach sand) and the grains are very fine - there are no lumpy bits and there is no worry that it will contain any nasties such as glass, fag ends etc as there might be with beach sand so this put my mind at rest that me, my boyfriend and Taylor were safe from germs. One thing I have noticed is that the sand is really lightweight, I know that all sand is lightweight but it seemed much more finer than beach sand if that makes sense so I am guessing that the play sand has been filtered through thoroughly.

        We had a real laugh in our homemade sandpit although Taylor decided to start throwing it about and I got quite a bit of it in my hair and mouth, I did get a grain or two in my eye which was unplesant but because the sand is so fine it wasn't too painful. The dogs also enjoyed playing in the sand and were digging in it and barking at it etc which was hilarious. We also played a game of making sand castles (a little hard as the sand was so fine, but we managed!), hiding stuff in the sand etc. After we used it we just stuck the paddling pool (still containing the sand) into the garage and put the paddling pool lid over it to stop bugs etc nesting in it. We will be using it again for the next few weeks and then probably throw it away as i'm not really sure it will be hygienic to keep it for a long period of time. Overall this is a real bargain and the fact it is nice and clean and 'fresh' makes it worth paying for rather than nicking a bit of beach sand, lol. Reccomended :)

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          02.08.2011 16:16
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          Selling on good special offer at the moment too!

          It's a relatively little-known fact that it's illegal, in the UK to remove sand from beaches at the seaside, a point I wish my mother had been aware of circa 1976 when I was helping her cart a barrowload, all packed up in supermarket carrier bags, round to her back garden ostensibly for the purposes of 'soil improvement'.

          The other thing about sand off of beaches is it's well-nigh impossible to ever wash all the salt out. That sand sat in its slowly decomposing bags for about the next 15 years, till a garden clear-out finally saw it thrown away.

          So if you have a sand-pit to fill, you need to resort to actually buying sand by the bagful. Lord alone knows where this stuff comes from - I mean from which pristine, probably tropical beach - because the stuff you buy from Tesco's comes out of the bag as really and truly the holiday-catalogue-beautiful, pristine, clean white, perfectly medium-grained stuff that beach holidays are made of.

          By which I mean the colour's good and the texture's nice too. I don't tend to taste play sand too much these days myself, but I'm still reasonably confident it's salt-free as well. In addition, the blurb from the Tesco catalogue for this product says it's:

          "non-toxic and non-staining, guaranteeing lots of safe and clean outdoor fun," and that it's suitable for kids aged 18 months and up.

          I had a need for a modest amount of play sand - just enough to fill the Tesco sand and water play table, in fact, and one 10kg bag of this product was more than sufficient to do the job. It's a good idea to buy more than you think you'll need however, as when leaves and gunk fall into the sand pit, and / or next door's rancid old moggie, evading the garden hose-jets, empty cans and cast-off boots I like to chuck at it finally succeeds in taking a big crap in the bloody thing (any wonder I'm thinking of getting an air-rifle), you'll inevitably find you want to have some surplus sand in hand to 'refresh' your sand pit with. So that three 10kg bags for a tenner they're currently running is going to be quite a good deal (much cheaper than, say, Argos, where we bought the significantly more expensive and annoyingly finer-grained sand for the cat-crap-contaminated sand table that we had and had to discard before we bought this).

          As a final point, the heavy-duty plastic bags this play sand is sold turn out to be are quite robust when stored outdoors (I mean they don't readily photo-degrade) - even if they aren't quite strong-handled enough to allow you to carry your bag of sand over any significant distance.

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          29.07.2011 09:17
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          A good buy

          Ever since my son was just a couple of years old we have had some form of sand play available to him and when we moved in to our house after I separated from his Dad I asked my mum to buy him a sand pit for his birthday so that he had one available at my house too. I have used various sands over the past couple of years in the sand pit but my latest buy was the Tesco variety which I shall review today.

          Normally I would head to mothercare or argos to get the sand for my son's sand pit simply because I was aware that they sold it but a few months ago when we had some lovely weather I decided that I would empty the sand pit and replace all the sand whilst my son was at school which meant I needed to get the sand quite quickly and as we have a tesco pretty locally I asked my mum to take me there to see if they had any and as it happened I discovered they did sell it and at a reasonable price too.

          The sand comes in a 10kg white plastic bag which has red banners with the tesco name and play sand name on the front and then there is simply a picture of the sand with hand prints in it. We are told that the sand is non toxic and non staining and so it is safe for use for children aged 18 months plus. The bag of sand cost just two or three pounds each from recollection but I think at the time of purchase they were on a two bags for five pounds offer which may be a long running promotion I am not sure. I bought two bags of sand as from my experience I am aware that one bag isn't really enough to play with yet three bags is a bit much for our sand pit really so two bags is a perfect amount.

          The sand is a pale yellow in colour and is that kind of perfect sand which you will find on an unspoilt beach as far as I am concerned. My son loves to play with the sand and build things with it and we find that he can usually build a sandcastle without adding water to it as it has an almost damp feeling to it most of the time but on particularly hot days when the lid of the sand pit has been up for a while we sometimes add a little water so that his sand models stay up right.

          I have noticed that the sand does seem to attract little creatures which doesn't really bother my son as he plays but I always make sure that we have the lid on the sand pit over night just in case.

          The sand has lasted the past few months really well and has been played with a lot by my son and many of his friends. I find that it is best to empty the sand pit before winter approaches because otherwise rain tends to leak in through the lid of the sand pit and the sand just ends up turning a bit green and horrible over time and so I just throw it all away before then and fill the pit back up when the good weather returns.

          I would recommend this Tesco play sand as it is safe for use and seems to be of good quality as it has lasted us a few months already and I see no reason why it won't last us for the rest of the summer months. The price of the product is reasonable and matches the prices of sand I have bought elsewhere and so I would say if you have a local Tesco to give this a go.

          Thank you for reading my review

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            28.07.2011 12:03
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            A nice few bags of sand

            ==Tesco Play Sand==

            After a rather touchy subject of the lid being left off of the sand pit in the garden and what I can only assume as a cat finding it the perfect place to do its business (although by the size of it, it may well have been a dog!), we decided to replace all of the sand in the pit with new stuff and seeing as I was already ordering something from Tesco Direct I decided to add a few bags to the order.

            The sand itself is sold by Tesco in bags containing 10 kg of the soft sand and for the price they give you three bags. At the moment it is being sold for £6 with a couple of pounds off of the usual selling price so it is the cheapest sand around. At £2 for a large bag of sand it is well worth getting and far easier than committing the crime of bringing a bucket of sand back from the beach each time we go!

            The bags came and they were housed in a really very tough plastic material and it needed to be tough because even holding one bag of the sand on its own was very heavy and this plastic wrapping did a good job at not tearing or breaking on moving it out to the garden to put in the sand pit. You will need either a very sharp knife or a pair of scissors to open each bag as it is not as simple as tearing the top off. There was a carry handle at the top of each bag which proved to be strong enough to hold the weight even if I did think the handle was going to break and actually opted for carrying it like a baby to the sand pit.

            The sand itself is a nice light sandy colour and not as dark as the sand you would find at the beach. It also has a light and fluffy feel to it which again is different from beach sand. The fact that it is non-toxic and non- staining make it perfect for children to play with and really this is what you would expect when buying sand for a child's sand pit.

            The sand isn't the easiest to build sand castles with but really unless you are at the beach we have found that no bought sand such as this is really capable of a sturdy sand castle unless you add a touch of water to it like we have done on a few occasions.

            The three bags that we received were plenty to fill the sand pit that we have and give enough room left in the pit for Jack to climb in. Two bags just wouldn't have been enough though and I would recommend getting three as a standard no matter where you buy the sand from.

            All in all as far as play sand goes this brand is a good one and I have no complaints with it. It was cheaper than the last few bags of sand we bought and it does exactly the same job. For that reason I feel that a top score of 5 out of 5 stars and a high recommendation is well deserved.


            Many thanks for taking the time to read.


            I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you

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              Bags of fabulous sand!

              I asked my mum to get me a bag of play sand whilst she was out doing her weekly shop, I wasn't aware of where she was going but it's usually either Asda or Tesco.
              Anyway she went to Tesco and came back with 3 bags of this play sand which only cost £6! I think it's an offer but they usually retail at approximately £2.99 anyway.
              They cost £2.87 in Asda for the same size bag which is 10kg.

              My son was bought a sandpit for his birthday last year and as he was also bought 3 bags of sand with it, up until now I haven't needed to buy any.
              But with the fantastic weather we have had lately it has been time to drag all the outdoor toys out of the shed!
              I have set the sandpit up in the front garden but realised we needed sand for it, I had been meaning to grab a bag for a while I just kept forgetting. My son's sandpit is the type with legs and 2 separate sections, I think with the meaning one for sand the other for water, I just fill them both with sand as then there is less arguments with his brother!
              One bag will fill both sections to a nice depth and it has a light golden colour and really soft, smooth feeling.

              The sand is really clean and free from any gritty substances. When dry it simply runs through your fingers but when a little bit of water is added it is great for making little castles or sand shapes!

              My son like to sieve it through the top of the bucket but there is never any debris left in the sieve as the sand is so clean!

              Another favourite of my sons is to throw it around the front garden! It sweeps up really easily though.

              If you have a sand pit the kids can sit in, I would recommend 3 maybe 4 bags to fill it up nicely but 1 bag fills a stand up sand pit adequately.

              Not only is this type of sand available in Tesco but similar ones can be found in Asda, Argos, B&Q and the likes all for the similar price of around £3.

              I wouldn't say there is any real difference between any of them so I would recommend that you shop around and just buy the cheapest. The offer Tesco has at the moment though is really good!

              Oh and they are quite heavy to carry as my mum found out when she bought the sandpit along with 3 bags of sand!!!

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