“ Manufacturer: TP / Type: Outdoor Play Equipment „
I bought this TP Boat Sandpit around four years ago so that when the children in my family visited they had something to play with in the garden.
I chose this sandpit because I liked the boat shape. The boat is blue and has not faded or cracked over time. It is made from a strong sturdy plastic. The boat has two seats in the corner which is nice for the children if they don't wish to sit in the sand. Although the seats are both on one side it doesn't tip up.
It is called a sandpit but it could be used for water or those little balls. I have the lid for the boat as well so I put water in one side and sand in the other. The lid is sold separately but is pretty much the same as the bottom.
The sandpit is big enough for two or three children to be inside but more can play if they didn't sit in the sand. The size is great for my garden as it is not too big and can be pushed aside when not in use. Because of the size (120cm by 100cm base, 20cm height) it requires a lot of sand or water to fill it. I usually put a couple of bags of sand which fills it approximately half way. Over time it gets emptier and emptier as the children unintentionally throw the sand out of the sandpit. As the sand has to stay in once it's in it is best to have the lid others leaves and dirt get into it which isn't nice for the children to play in.
The children play with the boat at any given chance using it as a boat to sail the sea or a place to bury treasure. They often attempt to build sandcastles but they collapse within seconds as its hard to get the sand to the right wetness.
It is recommended for children over the age of two but I think it depends what you fill it with. I'm sure one years olds would be fine in it with supervision.
This is a great toy for when the suns out. The children play together or alone in it for hours and have all the fun of a beach in the back garden.
When I was younger I had a shell sandpit in blue, one shell was used for water, and the other was sand. This TP Boat Sandpit is in the same sort of style - a durable plastic, the same blue colour, but is in the shape of a simple boat and slightly more shallow. Here's my review.
**Price and Availability**
The TP Boat Sandpit is available from larger toy stores, Early Learning Centre / Mothercare and online for around £20. I would say that that is probably slightly more expensive than the 'shell' which I have seen in Argos for £15 but it's still not a bad price for a robust outdoor toy.
As outlined, it's a boat shape, injection moulded with a slightly more shallow rim and a deeper middle section for the sand. It's in a vivid blue colour, which, so far, hasn't dfaded in the sun. It's very nice looking, but I do prefer the shell - this is better for compact spaces however and goes well in the corner of a garden.
It can be used with play sand (available in ELC, Argos, Amazon and online, as well as independent toy stores) or filled with water and used as a hard shell splash pool. It's very sturdy and wears well and it has the potential for lots of fun! It's not too deep, therefore it only needs one or two bags of play sand, and can easily be lifted to change out the sand.
I have only a few small criticisms however they need to be noted. Number one is that though the boat is in no way sharp, it's angular design means I am always having to watch my one year old when she's toddling around it, as a bump at any of the corner points would be particularly unpleasant, I am not sure if the shell design might be a bit more toddler friendly.
My second criticism is that there is no cover supplied for the boat, you have to purchase this separately - the cover is nice, however and doubles as a moulded play area for small cars, but as it stands your sand is out in the open and at the will of the elements (and cats!!)
The TP Play Boat was a nice gift to receive and my daughter has had fun playing in it, however personally were I to choose a sandpit I'd probably go for the shell type design. Overall I'll give this three out of five stars, the boat is better for smaller spaces and it's well made, but for the price I personally think you can get a more toddler friendly sand pit.
My mother in law bought this sandpit for my little girl recently and she said it cost her around £25 from our local ELC store. I think this is a fab price as I have bought other development toys from ELC for between £15-£20 and they have not held my daughter's attention for as long as this sandpit will. However the sandpit does not come with the sand, we had to buy that ourselves from Argos which cost us £6 for 30kg for non-toxic playsand.
I had a little gathering recently of other mums and their babies and because the weather happened to be nice that day we decided to try out the pit, as I had been waiting for the rain and cold to stop before doing so. 3 little girls between 11-19 months climbed in and they all absolutely loved it. Us mums had a long natter and cups of tea without little ones climbing all over us the whole time as usual. We kept an eye on the babes of course but they were happily contented in the pit for a few hours, and the two other mums who came along went away saying that they were going to buy the same sandpit for their own gardens! There was also no eating of the sand which I had been anticipating and prepared for, though I am told that it is not dangerous if children do try to do this and swallow a bit of sand. My daughter was the youngest there and although she is below the recommended age of 18 months for the sandpit she was completely fine in there as she mostly watched the other kids play and explored the sand texture herself while doing this. The other two had masses of fun doing everything they could think of with the sand and the mums resolved to bring buckets and spade for them next time as the oldest child seemed to think she was on holiday at the beach! If the weather is any good this summer I am anticipating good use of the sandpit at BBQs at my place, as it seems to go down really well with groups of children.
The sandpit is a triangle shape like a boat, which is completely lost on my daughter as she is so young, but the older girls did like the seats in the corners for sitting in and gathering sand in- 2 of the corners of the plastic are shaped for little ones to sit in. The sandpit is also a nice bold colour which stands out in the garden, blue against green, again something my daughter seems to like. When she sees it being uncovered she gets excited as it draws her attention and she knows what's coming next. Sand!! I have tried sitting my girl on a mat outside while I do gardening and it doesn't last long, however she will play in the sand for quite long periods of time, as it is such a novelty to her and also a special space just for her, and easy for me to keep an eye on her in while I go about my business in the garden.
Having said all that, if you don't mind the mess and have a rug you can put down indoors, or a piece of tarp, there is nothing to stop you using the sandpit indoors. I have tried this once and it didn't make too much mess, BUT it was a bit of a hassle dragging it indoors when full of sand, as it is so heavy when filled.
I go camping a lot so I already had a large piece of tarp to protect the pit with when it's not in use. Otherwise you will need to empty it out and bring it indoors every time, as it is too heavy to move about when full of sand. It's much easier to secure it with tarp and leave it in the garden, but it will cost you another £20 for a strong piece of tarp and you'll need to learn to secure it with rope too to stop crawlies from getting in or cats from pooing in it or rainwater ruining the sand. Having said that, there is a lid that fits the sandpit which you can buy separately for £20-£25, which seems a bit cheeky to me as all it is is another piece of plastic.
The sandpit is made by TP and they state that it can also be used as a paddling pool however I personally think that the plastic is a bit to hard and the corners a bit too narrow/sharp to fill it with water as more slips and falls are likely to happen in water and I'd rather avoid that. The sand on the other hand 'absorbs' the falls somehow and they have also been minimal as sand is not slippery the way the plastic pit would be in water. That's just my opinion though and I have not actually used the pit with water in it.
All in all this product would have has cost us £31 if the pit had not been a gift, however that is excluding the cost of the tarp because we already had it. In reality it would all end up costing mum and dad over £56 which I think is too steep for what it is, even though I love the product and it is great for group gatherings and if you like to spend as much time in the garden as possible when the weather is not terrible, like me. So I am giving it 4 stars instead of 5.
We paid £22.99 for this sandpit which is in the shape of a boat in the sales (very apt time to buy given it is a boat, pun for free), it was only marked down by a fiver but we did not want to spend a lot on something that will only be in use for a couple of months of the year given the British weather.
Shaped like a boat it has two seats and is plenty big enough for a couple of children to play in together without getting in each others way. It can also double up as a very small paddling pool however you need to consider the fact that it is a hard plastic so is rather unforginging if your toddler slips and falls, we have only used it as a sandpit. One thing to be aware of is the fact that there is no lid with this, you can purchase one as well but it will double the overall cost of the unit and of course the sand is sold seperately as well. In terms of the measurements it is 1.2m in length and 1m across at the widest point and has a depth of 20cm.
It is robsutly made and the plastic material is treated to ensure it will not split under intense sunlight, so far as well it has not faded in terms of colour. We are fortunate in that we have a large shed and can thus move it inside when not in use so we did not get the lid, when full of sand it is heavy so this tends to come out only at times when a few days sun is guaranteed and it can get some use. It is easy to keep clean and there are no sharp edges, the built in seats are a nice feature as it sorts of sets out where children can sit although they do not stay seated for long.
Overall it has been a good purchase however if you add in the cost of the lid you are paying close to £50 for it which is something to keep in mind if considering this. I cannot comment on how good the lid is as we have not bought it.
Sand and toys not included.UV stabilised injection moulded plastic sandpit with two built in seats.Can be filled with water and used a paddling pool. The playlid is available separately to use as a cover. Age range: From 2 years.