~I am a Little Tikes Ambassador and was provided with a product for review. Opinions and stories are my own.~
One of the greatest gifts we can nurture in our children is their imagination. It isn’t all about dreaming up wild adventures and creating unrealistic situations, it plays an important role in expanding your child’s cognitive skills. It helps them learn to remain focused, builds on their long-term memory, helps them to analyze situations, form concepts and understand reason, expands visual imagery and how they process new information. Most of which I didn’t learn until my son entered Early Education and he had to go through a diagnosis to discern his cognitive abilities. Though he had some slight delays, we learned how simple it was to help him catch him. Role-playing! Who knew playtime was so important?
One of the greatest toys we’ve had to help us is our Little Tikes Castle Adventure Sandbox. We’ve been wanting a sandbox for a long time because we knew how much our tot loved to play with his trucks in the dirt. The problem was, my tot didn’t like to actually be IN sand since the texture bothers him. Most sandbox’s we’d seen were either too small or too large for him to be on the outside and still play with the box. The other problem was that my husband was worried the neighborhood cats would think it was a litter box and the rain would make it a soggy mess. So we had been eyeballing the Little Tikes Sandbox’s with the lids that come off and become a part of the playset.
Originally we were looking at the Big Digger Sandbox as my tot is obsessed with vehicles, but we are inundated with them. I thought if he had little people it would help him with communication and role-play; so we went with the Castle Adventure Sandbox. It’s large enough to have all sorts of fun, but small enough that he doesn’t have to sit inside of it (though he would fit). At 28.5 x 51 x 25, the sandbox is the perfect size for toddlers and preschoolers!
We’ve had a lot of fun playing with the characters in our Castle Adventures. Tot loves hiding things in the sand and trying to find them, once we brought out jewels to hide and other times he likes to hide his trucks.
The Castle Adventures Sandbox is really easy to assemble. It literally takes you a minute to put the top on or connect it to the base for play. Although we purchased a few bags of sand, it only required one bag of play sand for the box which we picked up on Toys R Us. The very day after putting it together and playing outside it rained, so we got to see how well it held up to staying dry!
The top kept the sand completely dry! and having little ‘tubes’ on the top of the castle even helped keep the rainwater draining out of the top. There are some other really great features with the Castle Adventures, such as:
- Large sand play area
- Ramp with molded-in roadway doubles as sandbox lid
- Drawbridge can be raised and lowered
- Two removable turrets reveal chutes for characters to slide down
- Castle features a tower for the princess
- Characters fit on the horse
- Horse cart back flips down to lad and unload the sand
- Holds up to 100 lbs. of sand (not included)
- Accessories include:
- 1-Princess figure
- 1-Knight figure
- 1-Sand cup
- 1-Sand sifter
- 2-Turret covers / sand molds
The best thing for us is that it gives tot a way to build his imagination and keep active outside. We can be out there with him playing, gardening or trimming our plants and he has a whole world inside the sandbox. There’s enough room for him to play with friends and a never-ending list of ideas to come up with for beautiful days.
Little Tikes sandbox’s are great especially if you don’t have a big backyard. They take up relatively no space and also offer the ability to use the top as a table when not playing with the sandbox, so you can stack other outdoor toys. The modern style and character features just make it a fantastic outdoor toy for tots.
Connect: You can find out more about the Castle Adventures Sandbox at Little Tikes, keep up with news on their Facebook Page and/or @LittleTikes on Twitter. Plus you can see all the old and new toys out there by checking out Pinterest!
Purchase: You can purchase the Little Tikes Castle Adventures Sandbox for $49.99 in the shop.
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