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Not until their little child is spending a lot of time playing in the sandpit, do parents start to think about getting him proper sand and beach toys. Thus, they discover the variety of products offered in this area relatively late. Apart from the classic sand toys such as bucket, watering can and sand moulds, there are also sand and beach toys which feature plenty of different shapes, colours and sizes and are arranged according to themes or come with several extension kits. Below we provide you with answers to questions like “Which of these toys are suitable for which age?” or “What do safety-conscious parents have to take into account when buying sand and beach toys for their child?”
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Not until their little child is spending a lot of time playing in the sandpit, do parents start to think about getting him proper sand and beach toys. Thus, they discover the variety of products offered in this area relatively late. Apart from the classic sand toys such as bucket, watering can and sand moulds, there are also sand and beach toys which feature plenty of different shapes, colours and sizes and are arranged according to themes or come with several extension kits. Below we provide you with answers to questions like “Which of these toys are suitable for which age?” or “What do safety-conscious parents have to take into account when buying sand and beach toys for their child?” More information >

Classic sand & beach toys: Bucket, shovel and sand moulds

The classic sand and beach toys are buckets, shovels and sand moulds. They are suitable for children at the age of one year and up, but also for older children. Being equipped with these basic toys there is no limit to your child’s creativity. How about building sublime sandcastles, tunnelling through half of the sandpit, creating a racetrack on which your little one’s toy cars can drive fast or building a kingdom or a city for ants? No problem, the classic sand and beach toys by renowned brands such as Haba turn out to be reliable helpers for small and big building works alike. These toys can also be extended by sand moulds, buckets, spades and scoops. Even everyday items such as an empty cup, spoon and cling film can be alienated and used for playing in the sand.

Sand and water: The perfect combination for the sandpit

The best and most beautiful basic equipment is of little use when the sand is too fine and dry. Surely, this kind of sand feels super good between your little one’s toes, but it is not suitable for building little works of art. A good remedy for that are toys that can bring water into the sandpit. The classic model surely is a watering can which is available at retail in any size and colour – no matter if you and your child prefer the ones in simple and plain designs or watering cans that are decorated with colourful ornaments and feature different attachments. A watering can is suitable for little builders at the age of one year and up as well as for ambitious sand architects.

A water pump does not only move water into the sandpit and provides perfect building conditions, but also promotes your child’s technical understanding while making the smallest among us speechless with amazement. Alternatively, you can also build a channel and thus make the water run right into the sandpit – a waterway set would be suitable, too. Other toys such as a sand and watermill will delight your little explorer as well. Older children will use these devices for precisely watering specific parts in the sandpit, or else for building traps and clever constructions with a domino effect.

Toy sets for children at any age

Colour-coordinated and themed toy sets which are suitable for the sandpit have been extremely popular in the last few years. The sets are mostly made of plastic and delight boys and girls at any age. The most popular versions are the ones by Haba which include sand moulds that feature the topic baking and cooking and various other sand moulds that resemble cornets, seashells, cars, sand monsters and flowers. Often, these sets can be extended by other sand moulds that feature the same style. Thus, boredom won’t stand a chance.

Digger, truck and the like: Big toys for big kids

Bigger sand toys such as a sand digger are particularly suitable for older children. The largest models can even be used like a real digger while your little digger operator can take a seat on the toy. This kind of toy requires a higher level of your child’s coordination skills, abstraction ability and skill, which are not yet fully developed in younger children. That is why, these toys are more suitable for older kindergartners and schoolkids. Dumpers and wheelbarrows will bring ultimate fun into the sandbox and are popular among infants, toddlers and schoolkids alike.

But what to do, if there is no sandpit at hand? No problem, different boxes and sandboxes that come in various shapes and sizes are available at retail. A so-called “sea and sand pool” can replace the common sandpit and even be set up on the balcony and on smaller patios.

Finding the right sand & beach toys: This is what you have to consider

Sand and beach toys are usually made of multi-coloured plastic. That doesn’t sound eco-minded or sustainable but these colourful toys that come in many different shapes have some important advantages. Their cheerful colours, different patterns and varying surface textures stimulate children’s imagination and encourage them to play and explore. Furthermore, the plastic toys are resistant to shocks, beats, heat and cold. Due to the fact that sand and beach toys made of synthetic materials are easy to clean, water-resistant and simple in design, they are suitable for every way of playing and every kind of sand.

Not all parents like the idea of their child having plastic toys in his hands. Alternatively, there are sand and beach toys made of wood or tin and metal, respectively. Independent of the material, you should consider the following aspects when buying toys for the sandpit:

  • Choose toys according to the preferences of your child (e.g. additional sand moulds, themed sets)
  • Size and weight of the toys must be adapted to the age, skills and strength of your child
  • Easy-to-use toys increase the playing fun (e.g. those that are easy to stack on top of each other and/or are easy to hold)
  • Safety first: Check toys for sharp edges as well as protruding parts and look for the GS mark (“tested safety”)
  • Make sure that toys have a good quality: Thin and porous materials which can be deformed easily as well as obvious production errors can quickly lead to frustration and refusal
  • Additives such as plasticisers or even toxic paints that lack saliva and water resistance are to be avoided

For even more outdoor fun, we recommend you to check our category “Outdoor & Exercise” for toys that are suitable for almost every opportunity.

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