The Best Sandbox and Sand Tables for Kids

The Best Sandbox and Sand Tables for Kids

Sandboxes or Sand Tables are great for toddler and small children.  They bring part of the beach right to your own backyard.  Nowadays, not only to they have the traditional sandboxes but they also have sand tables.  With so many different styles and features it can be hard to choose the perfect one for your little one.  We at kidsplayandcreate.com came up with a list to the best sandboxes and sand tables on the market today.  We made our list based on research, customer reviews and personal experiences.  I hope this list helps you on your journey of choosing best sandbox or sand table.

Step 2 Naturally Playful Sand Table


Step2 Naturally Playful Sand Table

Step 2 makes great toys for kids and they do not disappoint with this great sand table for kids.  Instead of the traditional sandbox that lays on the group this sand table bring the sand to the kids level so they can stand and play.  This table is very sturdy and solid.  You can even use it as a water table.  It just does not come with a drain plug so if you were going to use it as a water table you would have to pour out the water after use.  It comes with a plastic lid with elastic ties to help protect the sand from nature’s elements and keep it clean and dry.  The lid can also be used as a car track.  Just stick it on top of the sand table and kids can play with the molded-in roadways.  They are the perfect size to use with hot wheels or other small cars.  This table comes with accessories.  Some assembly is required. This product does not come with sand,

Features:

  • Comes with two shovels, two claw rakes and one bucket.
  • Lid that doubles as a car track.
  • Holds up to 40 pounds of sand
  • Lightweight 16.5 pounds
  • Sturdy
  • Dimensions are 36 x 26 x 16.4 inches
  • Recommended age is 2 and up

Step 2 Crabbie Sand Table

Step2 Crabbie Sand Table for Toddlers – Durable Outdoor Kids Activity Game Sandbox Toys with Lid and Accessory Set
This adorable red crab shaped sand table is perfect for young children.  It is a smaller table which makes it great for toddlers.  This sand table holds up to 25 pounds of sand.  The legs can come off to use the able at ground level, however it is built to sand on the legs.  It comes with 4 accessories.  This table can also be used as a water table on hot days.  Again, it does not comes with a drain plug so you would have to pour the water out after use.  It comes with  a crab shell lid to protect the sand from nature’s elements and to keeps sand clean and dry.  Some assembly is required.  This product does not comes with sand.

Features:

  • Comes with 2 small shovels and 2 small cups
  • Comes with crab shell lid to keep sand clean and dry
  • Lightweight and sturdy, weights 10 pounds
  • Recommended age is 18mts -5 (I believe that kids a little over a year to age 3 would get the most use)
  • Dimensions 22 x 24.4 x 24.2 inches
  • Perfect table for toddlers.

Little Tikes Big Digger Sandbox

Little Tikes Big Digger Sandbox
This cute sandbox is perfect for your little guy or gal who loves to play with trucks.  It has a constructions site theme which encourages imaginary play.  It’s a smaller size table and is great to use in small yards and patios.  It’s a great size for 1-2 children to play.  It comes with a lid to keep sand clean and dry.  The lid can also be used as a truck ramp for extra fun.  This well made sandbox comes with 7 accessories and will keep the kids busy.  50-60 pounds of sand will be enough to fill.  Some assembly required.  The sand is not included.

Features:

  • Molded-in ramps and roadways, great for imaginary play
  • Comes with a lid that can also be used as a truck ramp for extra fun.
  • Excavator that can pick up and dump sand and load trucks.
  • It comes with 7 accessories including 2 construction workers, dump truck, 1 shovel, 1 rake, 1 cup and 1 sand sifter.
  • Great size for smaller spaces, enough room for 1-2 children to play.
  • Dimensions 28.5 x 51 x 25 inches
  • Weight 13 pounds
  • Recommended ages 3-5 however I recommend 18mts-4 years

Little Tikes Turtle Sandbox

Little Tikes Turtle Round Sandbox, Kids Sandbox
This is the ultimate classic when it comes to sandboxes.  Kids just love playing in this large green turtle shaped sandbox.  One great feature is the seats molded into the outside of the sandbox to provide comfortable seating for your little one.  The plastic lid is shaped like a turtle shell and keeps the sand clean and dry.  This sandbox can hold up to 150 pounds of sand.  It provides a large space for about 4 toddlers to play.  Some have even used this sandbox as a small pool in the summer.  It does not have a drain plug, so the water would have to be poured out after use.  If using as a small pool, make sure it is completely dry before putting the lid back on to prevent mold.  The only downfall to this classic sandbox is that it doesn’t come with toys.  Sand is also not included.

Features:

  • Adorable turtle themed sandbox
  • Comes with lid to keep sand clean and dry
  • Holds up to 150 pounds of sand
  • Big enough for multiple children to play at once
  • Light weight,. 11.5 pounds
  • Dimensions: 38.75 x 43.25 x 12 inches
  • Ages recommendation 12mts – 6 years
  • Can be used as a small pool (no drain plug)

Step 2 Play and Store Sandbox

Step2 Play and Store Sandbox

This is a great sandbox by Step 2.  It is made well and provides a good amount of space for kids to play.  It would be a great addition to any day care or child care program.  It comes with a lid to keep the sand clean and dry.  It has 4 molded-in seats on the inside of the sandbox to provide comfortable seating for the kids while they play.  This sandbox can hold up to 200 pounds of sand.  You do not need to fill the whole thing us to play.  The sand is not included.  This sandbox does not come with sand toys or accessories.  The nice contemporary design and natural color fits nicely in with most backyard décor. It comes fully assembled which is a plus.  An overall nice sandbox.

Features:

  • Nice contemporary design and natural color
  • Comes with a lid to protect the sand from nature’s elements
  • Comes fully assembled
  • Holds up to 200 pounds of sand
  • Dimensions 11 x 42 x 28 inches
  • Weight 13 pounds
  • Recommended for children ages 2-6

Step 2 Naturally Playful Sand and Water Table

Step2 787800 Naturally Playful Sand & Water Center

This table is the best of both worlds as it is  a combination of both a water table and a sand table.  Kids love mixing sand and water!  Half of the table holds water, while the other half holds sand.  It includes a plastic cover, but only for the sand side to keep it clean.  It comes with 8 accessories including a 60 inch removable umbrella (great for hot days), 2 bridges, 2 boats, 2 pots and one shovel.  Another great features is that the table’s legs are removable so you can use it at ground level.  It also comes with a drain plug for the water side to easily drain the water after use.

Features:

  • Play with both water and sand (holds 20 pounds of sand not included)
  • Comes with 8 accessories (removable umbrella, 2 bridges, 2 boats, 2 pots and one shovel)
  • Lid with elastic ties for the sand side.
  • Drain plug for the water side
  • Removable legs to play with at ground level.
  • Minimal assembly required.
  • Weight 27 pounds
  • Dimensions 26 x 46.5 x 20.8 inches

Kidz Rule Sandbox by Step 2


Kidz Rule Play Sand Box, You can enjoy the summer months with this incredible sandbox featuring a fun sun theme in a contemporary design that’s perfect for any backyard. It blends easily with your landscaping theme, while providing hours of provide amusement to children. The sandbox provides enough room for multiple children to build sand castles at once and enjoy the outdoors. by FUNZ
This sandbox is similar to the Step 2 Play and Store Sandbox.  This one is a little larger and has a different design theme.  The sandbox has a contemporary design.  It is made with a natural color and the outside is made to resemble brick.  It will blend in easily with your backyard décor.  It has 4 molded-in seats, one at each corner to provide comfortable seating to the kids while playing.  The sun themed lid provides protection to the sand and keeps it clean and dry.  It comes assembled and can hold up to 200 pounds of sand, not included.  What’s cool about this sandbox is that it can also be used as a planter to plant flowers or vegetables.  It’s a great box to use to introduce your little one to gardening.

Features:

  • Contemporary design with natural color
  • Holds up to 200 pounds of sand
  • Has 4 molded-in seats, one at each corner of the box.
  • Can be used as a planter, great for a child’s first garden.
  • Comes with a sun themed lid to keep sand clean and dry
  • Sturdy and made in USA
  • Dimensions 15.5 x 44 x 32 inches
  • Weight 26 pounds
  • Big enough for multiple children to play at the same time

What type of sand do I purchase for my Sandbox or Sand Table?

There are different sand you can choose for your sandbox or sand table.  You can choose traditional sand or kinetic sand, moon sand or even colored sand.  I haven’t tried it bust some have even collected sand from their local beach and used it in their sandboxes or sand tables.  If you do not want to purchase sand on-line, check out your local Home Depot or Lowes stores for sand.  Here are some of our top picks.

School Specialty Silicone Sand

School Specialty Silicone Sand, 25 Pounds, Sand Only
If you are on a budget, then this is a great sand choice.  It comes with a 25 pound bag of sand.  The sand is smooth but it does have small rocks in it.  It’s not dusty and will not stick to the kids hands.  It is a good quality sand for the price.

 

Activa Scenic Sand

ACTIVA Scenic Sand, 5-Pound, White
This is a good quality sand.  It comes in 5 pound bags and in a variety of colors.  My daughter loves the color blue.  She was excited when I go her blue sand for her sandbox.  This sand is non toxic, no free silica or quartz and is 100% natural.  It is a  good quality sand.

 

Kinetic Sand Beach Sand

Kinetic Sand – Beach Sand
This is my favorite when it comes to sandbox sand.  The only problem is that if you have a large sandbox it will be expensive to fill it.  It is made from real beach sand.  It feels moist, which makes it great for building sand castles.  It will never dry out.  It keeps your hands dry and does not feel sticky.    This is truly a great sand.

 

Should I purchase a sandbox for my day care program?

Sandboxes or Sand Tables are great for day cares or child care programs.  They promote imaginary play, build social skills and enhance creativity.  Child will learn about sharing and playing with other children.  I recommend having a small inside sand table that can be maintained easily and that can be cleaned regularly.  If you are running a day care program you may want to look into your states regulations for having a sandbox.  If you have a day care and don’t want to use sand try using macaroni, rice, or water beads and use the table as a sensory table instead of a sand table.

Should I purchase sand toys for my child’s Sandbox or Sand Table?

Some sand boxes or tables come with sand toys but it’s fun to have more especially if more than one child is using it.  You may want to purchase additional sand molds, shovels, sand sifters or sandbox vehicles.  This one below by John Deere is very popular.

John Deere Sandbox Vehicle

John Deere Sandbox Vehicle (2 Pack)
This set comes with one working dump bed truck and one working front loader.  They will add extra fun to your child’s sandbox.  These trucks are made with a great quality heavy duty plastic and will last a long time.  They are light weight and made for small hands. Great trucks for children 18mts and up.  They have working rolling wheels.  Great set!