Friday, June 13, 2014

Classic Sandboxes & 2014's Modern Youngsters

The past decade seems to have spawned the era of technological kiddos – with their IPhones and apps that keep them glued to the screen for hours at a time. And while technology is moderation is a great thing – it is even more important for these youngster to experience playtime outdoors – where dirt and exploration can be more entrancing than any screen.

With high hopes of getting modern children interested in the delights of the great outdoors – I have compiled a short list of the best sandboxes for kids in 2014. Each one has a classic design that parents and grandparents are likely to remember – only modernized and safer for the tiny tykes of today.

And those 3 sandboxes are:


Little Tikes Turtle Sandbox

You should recognize this turtle from your childhood because every youngster seemed to have one. Or something very similar. Or friends had one – or friends of friends. And you get the picture.

The bottom line is – this turtle sandbox was everywhere!

We actually still have mine and my kids use it now – only this version is equipped with a deeper place for the sand and a friendlier expression for the turtle.


Step2 Crabbie Sandbox

Another must-have that almost all kids owned when we were little!

Crabbie has been around for a long time and he has only gotten sweeter and safer. His stow-away area is covered with a shell so several gallons of sand can be safely hidden to avoid rain and bugs. There are also small seats around the rims of Crabbie that are perfect for accommodating tired little sitters.

In addition – this cute crab is completely red with a friendly expression to let kiddos know that he’s friend – not foe. And he fits perfectly in a backyard nook next to a sturdy playground.


KidKraft Backyard Sandbox

And despite having had both of the aforementioned sandboxes when I was growing up – this one is still my favorite. It is a modern concept that is perfect for several kids all at once. And it accommodates over 50 pounds of pure sand.

That’s A LOT of playing!

Also included are – a mesh cover for when the sandbox is not in use – large seating areas around the rim for toddlers and kiddos to sit while they play – and a composition of extremely durable, reliable, and sturdy wooden panels.

All in all – I would rate this beauty a solid 9.5 out of 10. To earn that extra .5 – it would be awesome if this one was offered in different colors!

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Here is a video lineup this year - recommended 5 best sandboxes for kids 2014:

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