Children love to play with sand, especially my lot! All of them have adored playing in or with a sand pit at nursery, play groups and at home. Sand is great for sensory play (I'll have a post next week about that) and used with other things too, it can provide numerous activities that younger children (and older ones) will enjoy.
We have been testing out a really cool sand pit from Wickey. It retails at just £69.66 (reduced from £90.16) which is incredible value, in my opinion.
It is essentially a very strong sand box that has a substantial wooden cover; this cleverly flips out into a bench. The bench/cover is made out of chunky wooden boards which make it very sturdy. Quickly and easily, the 'Sand pit Flip' converts into a 'sit-in' style sand pit where the kids can build sandcastles, or bury their feet like my children do! The Flip sand pit is made from "green KDI impregnated treated wood" so you do not need to treat the wood yourself.
Perfect for a picnic and for sand play.... Feel the sand between your toes as you sit and enjoy the views from the bench.
The cover keeps most of the rain out of the sand and stops leaves and bit & pieces from being blown into it by the wind. It opens and closes really easily so the kids can play whenever they want to.
The black sheet you can see underneath the sand pit is actually Safe Sand Foil before we fitted it properly. This is sold separately to the sand pit (£6.11 for this size) and keeps worms, roots and grass from getting into the sand.
The sand pit is gorgeous to look at too - it would make a wonderful play feature in any garden. The hinges are excellent quality and they make transforming the 'cover' into a bench a breeze.
These green corner protectors ensure that the children don't hurt themselves on the corners of the sand pit if they were to fall over. These are just £5.70 for 4 which is a bargain. They are easy to attach to the sand pit and double up as little feet for the benches.
The children absolutely love this sand pit - they've been playing in it every day since it arrive (well, when it wasn't raining anyway!) and they have enjoyed numerous activities including a lovely picnic whilst sat in the sand.
The girls love the feeling on sand on their feet and Baby Girl especially enjoys making prints and shapes in the sand using her hands.
This is an exceptional sand pit and I'd certainly recommend Wickey and their products to anyone is is looking to include outdoor toys or climbing apparatus in their garden.
I'll be back next week with some sand play ideas!