10 of the best sandpits

If you're looking for a children's sandpit, we have some great options here from brands including Plum, Little Tikes and TP Toys...

best sandpits

As the weather warms up, why not bring the beach to your back garden with a cute kids’ sandpit? ?️

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We’ve picked out some really nice options here, including sandpits with lids, wooden sandpits, picnic table sandpits and even sandpits that double as gazeebos or sunshades ?

Here’s our pick of the best children’s sandpits…

1. Little Tikes Turtle Sandpit, £40

Age: 12 months +

What it is: A super-cute and friendly-looking 30 x 96cm x 109cm turtle sandpit with lid. Some assembly required.

Why we love it: It’s very durable and the flippers double up as seats so your little ones can rest their feet while they make sand mountains. One of our testers says the lid makes a nice little splash pool for very young ones. Do note that we found that, on very windy days, the lid can blow off: might be worth having a brick (or similar) handy to keep it in place.

Available from: Argos

2. TP Toys Deluxe Picnic Table Sandpit, £119

Age: 2+

What it is: A wooden picnic table that doubles as a sand pit.

Why we love it: Once your children get too old for sand fun, this is a great-sized picnic bench that you can still get plenty of use from for outdoors snacks/outdoor craft time. The wood has been treated, too, so you can use water in one of the trays (there are 2) and it won’t rot.

Available from: Uber Kids

3. Plum Play Palm Beach Wooden Sandpit With Canopy, £124.99

Age: 18 months +

What it is: A nautical-themed sandpit with handy canopy to protect delicate skin on sunny days.

Why we love it: Plum have thought of everything in the design of this – from providing a ground sheet to stop weeds growing and rounded corners to protect your baby from getting bumped or scratched.

Available from: Plum Play

4. Out and About Sand and Water Play Table, £29.99

Age: 2 +

What it is: At just 37cm tall, this small sand pit is ideal if space is limited. With 2 troughs to fill with sand and water – small can still mean loads of fun!

Why we love it: It comes with 6 water and sand accessories perfectly sized for small hands. There’s also a lid which can be used as protection or an additional play surface.

Available from: The Toy Shop

5. Kidkraft Children’s Pirate Boat Sand Pit & Play Bench, £199.95

Age: 3+

What it is: A generous-sized sandpit in the shape of a boat with a bench, steering wheel and mast.

Why we love it: Your child’s imagination will run wild in this pirate ship. Very useful storage area under the benches and the mast will protect from UV rays. Bit of a ‘wow’ factor going on here, we think. Anchors away!

Available from: Cuckooland

6. Chad Valley Wooden Sand Pit, £35

Age: 18 months+

What it is: A small (90cm x 90cm), self-assembly sand pit with covered edges to perch on.

Why we love it: It’s a nice, compact toddler sandpit that’s simple to put together. You can either set it a little into the ground or place it straight on the grass. Comes with a good, practical cover.

Available from: Argos

7. Step 2 Dino Dig Sand & Water Table, £80

Age: 18 months+

What it is: A divided 76cm x 75cm x 84cm table with one area for sand and another for water. Comes with 2-sided shovel/rake, 2 pots, 4 dinosaurs and a detachable grey mountain. Some assembly required.

Why we love it: Our testers loved the moulded-in dino footprints on the base – and the mountain is great fun: pour water over the peak and watch it cascade down. Nice and easy to clean, too.

Available from: Argos

8. TecTake sand pit playhouse play veranda £89.99

Age: 2+

What it is: A sandpit with veranda and decking area for outdoor play that’s safe from the sun.

Why we love it: If you’ve got plenty of space in the garden a few kids can have fun here. Once they’ve finished in the pit you can push the veranda over it with the 2 wheels to keep the rain and unwanted visitors away from the sand.

Available from: eBay, Amazon

9. Solid Wood Hexagonal Sandpit, £59.99

Age: 1+

What it is: A sturdy, built-to-last sandpit measuring 1.5m in diameter.

Why we love it: This a durable piece that will be a pretty much permanent fixture in your garden. It comes with a covering and geo-textile underlay to stop weeds growing through. You’ll need about 6 x 25kg bags to fill it.

Available from: Big Game Hunters

10. Recycled Plastic Sandpit And Activity Table, £950

Age: 2+

What it is: A sandpit and table with beautiful retro toy car games on the lid, made from 100% recycled plastic.

Why we love it: We know the price tag’s more than a bit jaw-dropping – and we have to say the website we saw this on does advertise this as being great for public spaces because the material it’s made from is SO durable. So, perhaps you have a local playgroup or community garden that might be looking to buy some new playtime equipmen? It’s always good to know there are green options available.

Available from: Sustainable Furniture

Where to buy sand for kids sandpits

Generally, sandpits don’t come with sand, so you’ll need to buy that separately.

Children’s Play Sand 15kg, £4.99

argos sand

Argos sell a 15kg bag of sand especially intended for kids play pits. To know which size bag you’ll need or how many, check the capacity of the sandpit you’re buying first.

Available from: Argos

Carousel Lets Play Outdoor Sand 10Kg, £2.50

This non-toxic, non-staining sand has been blended to make it softer against little ones’ skin. This means it should also be smoother against sensitive skin.

Available from: Tesco

Hanson Children’s Play Pit Sand 25kg, £21.99

This bumper bag of sand should help get your child’s pit filled faster. The sand is also formulated specifically for children’s play so it shouldn’t stain their clothing after a day’s fun.

Available from: eBay

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