Pros: Sturdy, fade-resistant, literally hours of fun, effective cover
Cons: No drain plug
Back in April, our 2 year-old Tyler was watching his usual Saturday morning TV fare when an ad came on for a sandbox. This is the first time he ever really expressed an interest in a product from a commercial. Oh boy. . . here we go. . . He harped all morning about wanting a sandbox. Early that afternoon, I sent Daddy to Toys R Us to see what they had that wouldnt break the bank. Daddy came home with a wonderful choice the Step 2 Frog Sand Box.
The Step 2 Frog Sand Box resembles a big boogly-eyed bullfrog with the cover on very cute indeed; very boyish. The base is constructed of very thick, high grade molded plastic, and the cover a thinner, but still quite durable plastic. This is a fairly heavy item, at about 23 pounds without sand. Dimensions are 15H x 43L x 43?W, and it holds up to 200 pounds of playground sand. It also has two small molded in seats.
The Froggy Box (as Tyler calls it) is, of course, green all over, with the exception of big yellow and black eyes, and the red/white Step 2 logo on the cover. Recommended age range for this product is 1-5 years, which is very appropriate in my book.
We set up the Froggy Box underneath the shade of a big sycamore tree in the back yard. Choose your spot wisely, because it will not be easy to move once you get the sand in it. We also chose that particular spot because the ground is level and the grass is not as dense.
This is a really sturdy sandbox. What grass does grow around it, we have to wee-eat, and the box takes it very well no damage whatsoever. Once in a while, leaves and such will get into the box, which we easily remove with a net. It also takes weathering very well. No fading yet!
As far as how well the cover works, I was surprised. It fits on top and has molded edges that make it fit about an inch over the rim. I didnt think it would be able to withstand those tornadic winds we sometimes get in Texas, but it does. Weve also experienced no leaking of rainwater into it, either. Boy, you better make sure you get that cover on before it does rain, or you will have one big mess on your hands. There is no drain plug to get the water out of that sand, and it doesnt just evaporate as well as you think. Thats my only gripe about this sandbox. There really should be some way to be able to drain the water out without the sand pouring out.
Man, do I wish Id bought this thing earlier! Tyler was so excited, he got in before we could get all the sand in. Dad just had to pour the sand over his legs. The child literally squealed with delight. That first day, he played for hours. He even went inside and got one of his dump trucks. Im impressed with the amount of creativity and role-playing abilities he has exhibited using this toy.
Tyler never seems to get tired of his Froggy Box. He plays in it almost every day, with me trying to coax him out for dinner. Were preparing to move, and I dread the disappointment he will have when we have to empty and pack it.
Our investment of $39 (plus sand and toys) was definitely worth it. I do have one suggestion, though. . . Dont buy this product online. Avery shipping for this sandbox is TWICE the amount of the box itself! Ouch. Check with your local toy stores.
Do we recommend the Step 2 Frog Sand Box? You betcha!
? 2004 Donna L. Standridge