Thursday, June 25, 2009

Little Tikes Sandbox

What is one of the most enduring, appealing play environments for kids that's been around as long as anyone can remember? The sandbox. No summer is complete unless there is a certain amount of sand play. Fortunately the folks over at Little Tikes have made several models to choose from, all with the legendary toughness that Little Tikes products are known for.

The Little Tikes Butterfly Beach Sandbox and Wading pool is a sort of two-for-one deal: you get a sandbox in one "wing" and a wading pool in the other. It also comes with a handy umbrella to keep those burning rays off your little one's shoulders. Free form imaginative play with sand is one of the classic rites of childhood. And, of course, free form cleaning up of all the sand that gets tracked into the house is a classic rite of parenthood, but that's OK. The Little Tikes Butterfly Beach Sandbox and Wading Pool retails for around $40.

The Little Tikes Sand & Water Table - Builder's Bay - is loads of fun for kids who like building things. Of course, the sand and water don't exactly stay all in their correct places, but that's part of what playing with sand is all about. After all, moist sand packs well for making castles and pyramids.

The Little Tikes Sand & Water Table Builder's Bay is a table, so kids stand up and have access to all the space for driving around miniature cars and creating dunes and beaches and who knows what else.

While there is a case to be made for sandboxes built into a backyard under a tree fort, there is also one very good reason for parents to consider a self-contained sandbox like the ones from Little Tikes: if you move, all you have to do is dump out the sand and take it with you.

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