~Post made possible by ALEX Toys~
If you have been following my blog for any length of time then you are probably aware of the fact that my tot loves vehicles. The ones he is most passionate about are construction trucks: Dump Trucks, Graders, Front End Loaders, Backhoes, Auger Drills and of course his most favorite, Excavators. We have so many trucks in our house that I honestly couldn’t even give you a number, but what we have never had was a digger he could actually manipulate himself…
Until now that is! Thanks to ALEX Toys, we were given the opportunity to review their new Super Sand Digger and for the first time my tot got to really be a part of a construction crew. No sooner had we gotten it free from the box and put together, he jumped on and was ready to go!
We are currently removing a shed in our backyard and creating a ‘Play Area’ for him; which one side will be a giant sand box. It isn’t ready yet, but directly across from it was an area we were tilling up to plant grass and the whole area was dirt. We thought it was the perfect place to set up a little Backyard Construction site for my son until we got his sand box.
I want to point out how light the Super Sand Digger is to let those of you know that don’t have sand boxes in your own yard that it isn’t too terribly important. This wonderful toy can be placed in the truck of your car without any hassle and taken to a park that has a sand box! In my opinion (and experience) it really helps with social interaction with other kids. Nothing breaks up shyness, nor deters possible social walls, like a excavator bucket digging up the sand box!
The Super Sand Digger is really sturdy as it is made of metal with a plastic seat, feet and handholds. The bucket is tough enough to scoop up the dirt in our yard and handles sand with ease. The whole apparatus swivels 360′, allowing kids to dig from every corner around them without having to move the digger and can hold a child up to 110lbs. However, in my experience, it can hold a little over its weight limitations but I wouldn’t stretch it. The steel will stand up, no doubt, but the seat is designed to safety hold its weight expectancy.
We’ve put off doing our grass for the time being. My tot has so much fun in the backyard playing Construction Crew. He fills up his Dump Truck and pushes dirt with his Bulldozer for the Super Sand Digger to pick up. If we aren’t playing along and have yard duties to tend to, it’s nice to know he has something to keep him occupied that he can play on his own. It strengthens his imagination and creativity as well, which for kids with cognitive delays, it is such a wonderful tool for learning role-play.
I’ve been working on a video that shows how the seat swivels and also how strong the bucket is, but with the recent storms it delayed me getting it edited. I decided I’d go ahead and share the Super Sand Digger with you and in an latter post I’ll share the video! Until then you can see this fun video that ALEX Toys has on their Youtube Channel!
You can pick up your own Super Sand Digger for $54.95 on ALEX Toys and check out all their other amazing crafts, tools and toys for kids while you are at it! You can also enter some fun contests, get craft ideas, learn about new upcoming toys and just keep up with the fun on their Pinterest Page, Facebook Page and/or @ALEXToys on Twitter.
I received the product for the purpose of reviewing. Opinions are my own and are not influenced by any form of compensation. My son loves diggers!