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Good sandpit toys for digger loving 3 year old


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#1 Blue Shoe

Posted 06 December 2018 - 06:53 PM

Hi,

DS is about to turn 3. He is currently obsessed with trucks and diggers so I want to get him something along those lines to play with in the sandpit. He already has a collection of Tonka style trucks etc but I’m wondering if something like this is any good?
https://market.myer....ellow/100302573
My concern is that I’m not sure how easy it is to actually use the digging feature and I don’t want him getting too frustrated.. Does anyone have any experience with a toy like that?
Would also love any recs for other sandpit toys that were a hit with your 3yo.

Thanks :)



#2 ~LemonMyrtle~

Posted 06 December 2018 - 07:00 PM

I find too many toys crowds the sandpit and stifles play. That looks too big to me, unless you have a huge sandpit.

My 3 year old like to play with cheap-as buckets and spades. Mixed with sticks, rocks, leaves, as well as the odd sock, gumboot and dog toy.

Keep it simple. Maybe get him something like some toy dinosaurs and animals and shells to stand in the sand. And a few different shaped buckets. And a watering can. Kids love water and sand.

#3 Blue Shoe

Posted 06 December 2018 - 07:29 PM

Thanks LM. Sandpit is about 6sqm so a decent size. The kids already have an extensive collection of random stuff (buckets, spades, watering cans, old kitchenware, stones and sticks and digger toys), I guess I’m just wondering if there’s anything else a bit fancier (for lack of a better word) he might also enjoy. He spends a lot of time outside so I want to encourage that to continue as he gets a bit older. He role plays a lot with trucks and diggers already which is why I thought something like that ride on digger or one of those metal sandpit diggers might be good. Hmm.

#4 joeyinthesky

Posted 06 December 2018 - 07:55 PM

My dirt and digger obsessed children have loved a small wheelbarrow, and a set of small metal gardening tools - fork, trowel, watering can and rake. Shell and stone collections.
Also a set of plastic rollers that make different patterns in the sand- flat, brick pattern, zigzag and wheel tracks.

#5 Inkogneatoh

Posted 06 December 2018 - 08:08 PM

From what I've seen, those sorts of diggers have a bit of a co ordination learning curve. Some get it quickly, so don't. You also have to be careful about placement because if it's too close to the edge, it's easy for a heap of sand to be displaced in a easier and more covert manor than a bucket.

#6 Blue Shoe

Posted 06 December 2018 - 10:42 PM

View PostInkogneatoh, on 06 December 2018 - 08:08 PM, said:

From what I've seen, those sorts of diggers have a bit of a co ordination learning curve. Some get it quickly, so don't. You also have to be careful about placement because if it's too close to the edge, it's easy for a heap of sand to be displaced in a easier and more covert manor than a bucket.

DS has really good gross and fine motor skills so I think (!) he could probably master it quite quickly. I guess I’m looking for a toy that is a bit challenging in that regard because he’s quite capable and loves all that stuff.
You make a very good point about how covert displacement, though!! I might well end up with giant sand piles all over the backyard...

A wheelbarrow is a great idea, joeyinthesky! Same potential for giant sand piles everywhere but I’m still tempted by it.

#7 ritten

Posted 07 December 2018 - 12:19 AM

A wheelbarrow and various lengths and widths of pvc pipes and connectors were popular with our kids. In winter they were used to make trenches for rain water etc.

#8 kerilyntaryn

Posted 07 December 2018 - 05:48 AM

we had one of these at that age and the kids loved it
http://www.google.co...95034200167791?

#9 PhillipaCrawford

Posted 07 December 2018 - 05:58 AM

As ritten said pipes are the best.
They are the most popular thing in our kinder sandpit. They are connected - or at least propped together and used to trickle water everywhere.

As well as digging some old pans and a 'stove' allow all sorts of things to be cooked up.

Growing some herbs near the sandpit enables potions to be made - mint, parsley etc- the kids can help with the gardening.

#10 Blue Shoe

Posted 07 December 2018 - 06:18 AM

Pipes and connectors could be great. We already have some random pipe offcuts that the kids play with but given how much DS loves the marble run he would probably really enjoy a full set of pipes and connectors. Perfect idea, thanks.

Kerilyntaryn - yep, that’s one of the options I’m considering. Did your kids find it frustrating trying to coordinate the levers to dig and dump, or was that okay?

#11 kerilyntaryn

Posted 07 December 2018 - 06:33 AM

No they were fine with it at that age

#12 Inkogneatoh

Posted 07 December 2018 - 08:07 AM

View PostBlue Shoe, on 06 December 2018 - 10:42 PM, said:


You make a very good point about how covert displacement, though!! I might well end up with giant sand piles all over the backyard...

A wheelbarrow is a great idea, joeyinthesky! Same potential for giant sand piles everywhere but I’m still tempted by it.

The sand was more just removed to right next to the sandpit with the digger. Dig, lift, pivot, dump. Wheelbarrows, wagons and larger dump trucks are what spread it around the play ground, but it was more obvious that it was happening.

It's also something that older children will try as well.

#13 kadoodle

Posted 11 December 2018 - 09:10 PM

My DS3 has one, and loves it. Sand goes into the dump truck, stockpiles are created, trenches dug, bones excavated and apparently dinosaurs need high vis vests, too.

Watch out for spiders in pipes, though. It’s been a spider heavy season this year.

#14 joeyinthesky

Posted 12 December 2018 - 11:00 AM

Hi OP, I'm not sure of your location, or if you're still looking for sand toys... but I came across these yesterday - the sand grabber, and the drill. I reckon they're awesome for 3yo's, they'd really build arm and hand strength, and they're a bit different to the usual sand toys. I *may* have invested in some for my 2.5yo Santa bag :-)

https://www.limetree...earch=Hape sand





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