Updated July 16, 2020 by Jessica Mark
This blog has some of the highest rated sandboxes listed with the pros and cons for each. Below are links that will take you to the best recommended age for these sandboxes. A sandbox comparison chart is also included below.
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Sandboxes For Toddlers
I have assorted these currently highly rated sandboxes from smallest to largest. Next to each sandbox is a good description of the most important pros and cons. In addition, most are great for an outside play yard or sensory play inside.
1. Purple Hippo Sandbox
4. Little Tikes Turtle Sandbox
Cons: Extremely hard to find right now. So I’m putting a link for an unbranded version below that has great reviews (But is slightly smaller at 40.74 by 35.2 by 10.79 inches) The Little Tikes version is to the right. You can click on it to see if that version is available. Needs sand, small bugs can get inside, and generally small in size.
Best Sandboxes For Kids
These sandboxes are generally large enough for kids who are aged 3-10 and can hold multiple kids. Most are probably suitable for toddlers as well. The listings below are assorted smallest to largest in size.
1. Little Tikes Big Digger Sandbox
Just a quick note on this sandbox. It’s labeled as 47 inches across, but I think the sizing is off and it’s more like 2 or 2 1/2 feet across. Therefore I put it at the top of the list because it’s generally for older than toddler age. It’s meant for up to three kids to play on the outside of it instead of getting inside it.
2. Plum Square Sandbox
Cons: Needs sand, small bugs can get inside, cover doesn’t work that well (I’ve included a link below for a sturdier one. I’ve searched all over and there really is not a perfect option out there) no base, and not that easy to assemble for some people.
3. Step 2 Crabbie Sandbox
Best Sandboxes For Indoor Play
Most of these sandboxes are so small that they can be placed on top of a table. Make it easy and place these sandboxes on top of a small tarp or easy to clean floor.
1. Theefun Play Sand Kit
Pros: Comes with three colors of sand, nice small size, includes 42 fun pieces to play with including dinosaurs, keeps little ones entertained for a long time indoors and great price for what you get.
Cons: Might need more sand (I have provided links of some colored sand below as well) and may have to clean up after your kids several times because they might play with this over and over again.
5. CoolSand 3D Circus Sandbox
Pros: Unique design, has 3D sand molds, sand does not dry out, comes with 2 pounds of natural looking non-toxic sand, and can be used to put on a play circus show. Sand can be used to build, re-shape,
and take apart over and over again. Coolsand is overall less messy than traditional sand.
Cons: Not enough sand and it’s not easy to replace parts.
Sandboxes For Adults
These small sandboxes are perfect for a desktop. For some people they are great tools to reduce stress and anxiety.
1. Executive Sandbox
2. My Little Sandbox
4. Toysmith Deluxe Zen Garden Sandbox
Pros: Looks great on a desk and is made with beautiful rosewood. Includes a rake, bamboo rake, broom, two ceramic cranes, and assorted polished stones. Includes a 64 page meditation booklet with helpful instructions.
Cons: No cover, some of the accessories might have quality issues, but I would suggest returning it if there are any issues with the free returns (at least currently they are on the links provided on this page)
5. Iconic Home Deluxe Wooden Zen Sand Garden
Pros: Comes with sand and a lot of two types of stone. Great for releasing stress and being more mindful. Includes extra sand. This sandbox is a great size for on an office desk. It also makes a great gift idea.
Cons: This sandbox does not have a cover. The sand may not stay contained that well due to the sides not being very tall.
Target Sand Toys In 2020
Below I have listed the latest and greatest sandbox toys for 2020. All are currently highly rated and are priced either at a great deal or very good price.
1. Zohumi Construction Toy Set
This set is very small in size, but includes a lot of great die cast metal sand toy pieces.
2. Set of 4 Cartoon Colored Play Vehicles
Cute set that is good for the age of 18 months and up.
3. Joyin 24 Piece Sand Toy Set
So many pieces to keep little ones busy for hours in their sand box.
4. FoxPrint Beach Sand Toy Set
Great for traveling because it includes a neat reusable bag.
5. Prextex 19 Piece Beach Toys
I like this beach sand toy set because the pieces have more detail on them.
6. Melissa and Doug Seaside Sidekicks Funnel Fun
Fun for kids to watch the sand go through each compartment.
7. 23 Piece Kids Beach Toy Set
It has a butterfly! Do I need to say anymore? LOL
8. Biulotter 20 Piece Kids Beach Sand Toys Set
I love the pastel colors in this set. It makes it a little bit different.
Toys With Sandboxes
1. Barbie Skipper Slide and Sandbox
Pros: Cute little playset comes with slide, sandbox, toddler doll and a few other accessories. Great to use for playing pretend babysitting. Goes along with the Barbie Skipper Babysitters Inc. playsets.
Cons: Small pieces are not good to have around babies and toddlers. Boys hair is molded instead of looking like real hair.
2. Calico Critters Baby Pool and Sandbox
Pros: So cute and adorable! (The photo just shows the pool. The sandbox is so cute and is on the other side of the swimming pool) Includes a bench, sand castle, bucket, shovel, beach ball and watering can. Recommended for ages 3-15 years.
Cons: Has small pieces and doesn’t come with any of the Critters.