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Think hard before buying this - seriously
on March 21, 2010
I read the other reviews of this product here on Amazon and got these sandboxes for my daughters for Christmas. They are 6 & 3. It's a wonderful, lovely toy for the 6 year old. But for the 3 year old...it's my own personal hell. It's not just that the sand gets on the table. It gets on the floor, on the carpet, down the hall, in the bathroom - somehow it's just everywhere. I am not exaggerating. After a Sunday afternoon spent hauling the kitchen rug outside to spray it off, sweeping and mopping the entire upstairs I'm only fairly certain that I got that blue sand picked up.
If you have a younger child who is kind of still, like the kind who can sit quietly and color fastidiously for awhile, then I'm sure she'll do fine with this sandbox toy. If she's a regular, clumsy but enthusiastic kid this sand will be all over your entire house. The sandbox goes back into it's regular cardboard box when you aren't playing with it, but there's no real secure lid so if the box gets tipped at all it's Sand City.
Please, beware. Think before you buy this toy. It may not be worth all the work it takes to clean up after certain kids.