5 Things to consider when buying sandpits for children

hexagonal wooden sand pit

Children love to play with sand and having their own sandpit can provide endless hours of fun for them, in your own back garden.

From toddlers to older children, sand play is versatile and can keep children of all ages entertained, as well as encouraging them to be creative.

When you’re looking to buy a sandpit, it would be easy to settle for the cheapest, or the first one you see, but how do you know if that’s the best one to suit both your budget and your child’s needs?

Here are 5 of the most important things you should consider when deciding which is the best sandpit for you and your child:

  1. How old is your child?
    Age is one of the most important things to think about when you’re choosing a sandpit. Although your child might be a toddler now and therefore a small one would suit them fine, do you want the sandpit to last for several years? If so, you should buy one bigger than you need at the moment so they can grow into it.
    To get the most use out from your sandpit over a long period of time, it’s best to buy the biggest you can afford, so your child won’t grow out of it too quickly.
  2. Do you want plastic or wooden?
    Whether you choose a plastic sandpit or a wooden sandpit, they both have pros and cons.
    Plastic sandpits are good because they are durable, easy to clean and don’t require any maintenance. They are available in bright colours and different shapes, including animals. However, they are usually smaller than wooden sandpits, so might be better for younger children, or if you only have a small space available.
    Wooden sandpits are usually bigger and should see your child through from being a toddler until they are too old to play with sand (if we ever too old for sand play!). Although not available in as many shapes as plastic sandpits, they are usually designed in more traditional shapes, including hexagonal and square, as well as some novelty designs, such as sail boats.
    A sandpit made of wood will be strong and durable, although you may need to treat the wood using a preservative, according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  3. Where will your sandpit be used?
    Will your sandpit be used indoors, outdoors, or both? Your answer to this question can determine what type of sandpit you should buy, as well as the material it’s made from.
    Small, plastic sandpits or sand tables are ideal for use indoors and can also be moved outside when the weather is warmer.
    If your sandpit will be used in the garden, you don’t have to worry about the size, or whether it will be lightweight enough for you to move it around. This means you have more choice as to whether you prefer wooden or plastic.
  4. Will you only use sand, or do you want the option to use sand and water?
    There’s a great choice nowadays when it comes to choosing a sandpit and you also have the option of buying one which will allow you to use not just sand, but water as well. Some sandpits have lids which double as a paddling pool, whilst others have separate compartments, so you can use them as sand and water tables.
    Wooden sandpits are not usually suitable for use with water so, if you want the option of sand and water play, it would be best to look for a plastic sandpit or sand and water table. How many children will be using the sandpit?
  5. If more than one child will be using the sandpit, it’s important to consider how much space is needed for both children and their sand toys.
    Many sandpit reviews give recommendations for the maximum number of children able to play comfortably in each sandpit and it’s worth making a note of this to help when you’re looking to buy a sandpit.

Sandpits for children are a great source of enjoyment both for parents and children alike, so it’s worth thinking about these points, especially when it comes to choosing what size sandpit.

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