“ Type: Outdoor Play Equipment „
We bought a green turtle sand pit from a local toyshop last year for £15. Its had a lot of use since then, partly as a sand pit, and also as a paddling pool. Its quite low, which makes it easy for babies who can crawl but not walk to clamber around it (obviously under close supervision). The lid is well worth having - and its strong enough to take a 3 year old bouncing on it like a trampoline. One problem with it is that it falls between being something that you can easily pack away when its not being used, and being strong and sturdy enough to be left out permanently. If you leave it in one place permanently it will leave a mud patch on your lawn. If you try and pack it away, then its really quite bulky and not easy to store without taking up a lot of room. If you try to strike a balance between these two extremes, then you need to move it around the lawn every few days to avoid getting yellow patches. If you want a permanent sand pit, then its better to get an old tractor tyre instead. You can get these for free from a tyre dealer that handles tractors as it saves them the expense of getting it collected for recycling. Getting it home might take a bit of ingenuity as its unlikely to fit inside your car. I rolled my one home for about a mile. I got a few funny looks on the way as well as a fair amount of grime. They are heavy, but not impossible to move like this. Lay it on top of a sheet of weed-proof cloth and add half a ton of sand and it definitely becomes a fixture in your garden. Don't bother getting sand from a toyshop - 25kg bags of silver sand from a builders merchant are cheaper. Trailer loads of the same stuff from a sand and gravel merchants are _far_ cheaper. Rospa have some useful tips on sand pits. http://www.rospa.co.uk/playsafety/info/sheet27.htm Some of these aimed more at a public play park, but its still useful for stuff about the siting the pit and cleaning the sand.
An excellent purchase made from Argos during the recent hot spell. Our son now plays outside for hours! It only cost £19.99, and while there is a cheaper sandpit in the Argos catalogue, I have to say that the Turty one is just so much more sturdier. It's made from very thick green plastic, in the shape of a Turtle (obviously!). It has a good strong lid, that doesn't blow off easily. Inside it has 2 seats, one at either end, and takes approximatly 4 bags of sand. My only gripe is that it could be a bit bigger, my son doesn't tend to sit in it, but sits outside. It is very light to carry and can be moved around easily by two people.