June 18, 2011
For me, when I think of fantastic outdoor toys, the first company that comes to mind is Step2. I am sure that you have all heard of this amazing company before. If you haven't, then where have you been?! Step2 makes fun outdoor toys that will withstand sun, heat, and rain. These toys will last you longer than you could ever imagine. I was introduced to Step2 toys by my mommy friends when DD was only an infant. I purchased a couple of outdoor toys for her and I was hooked. In my circle of mommy friends, they all love Step2 products-- so much so that they got together and bought DD a Step2 playhouse when she turned 1. When DD was 4 years old, the playhouse was still in amazing shape. Despite being outdoors all year long for 3 years, it still looked great. The only problem was that DD got too tall for it, so we traded it up for a larger Step2 playhouse for her.
The playhouse is the toy that all of the kids are drawn to whenever we have playdates. The kids love it and so do I. Being such a huge fan of Step2, I am excited to be featuring their Sand and Water Fun Farm here. If you could only afford 1 toy for your kids this summer, I would definitely recommend Step2 outdoor toys.
As some of you already know, I host a lot of playdates at my house. I have kids of all ages when I host these playdates. Although DD's friends are 5 and 6 years old, her friends have younger siblings who come over for playdates as well. As such, I make sure that there is plenty of toys for kids of all ages :). The Step2 Sand And Water Fun Farm is a bit too short for DD, but it is the prefect size for her friends' younger brothers and sisters who are 2 and 3 years old. While the older kids are playing inside the Step2 playhouse, the little ones are often playing with the Sand and Water Fun Farm.
After having some kids over, I realized that you could only really have 4 kids around it for them to play comfortably. If you have more young toddlers than that, then you will want to set up other fun Step2 toys for them to play with because everyone wants to play this toy. It could create some crying & complaining with the little ones if they don't all get to play it.
The toy itself was really easy to put together. I was able to do it myself without any issues at all. It comes with farm figurines, tractor, two pull carts, shovel, barn, and funnel for the kids to play with.
You can put sand and water in it for the kids to play. We bought a small bag of sand for it. The kids had a blast playing with the sand and water. It was all really great until they started pouring water into the sand and then taking sand to dump it in the water. Well, that's what little kids do... The toddlers loved it. They had so much fun playing with it and making a huge mess. When the playdate was over, I was glad that this was an outdoors toy because I was able to just flip it over on its side and rinse everything out.
Having realized my mistake and not wanting to have to wash this toy out every time the kids play outside, I decided not to put anymore sand in it. After the initial mess, I only put water in it. The kids still had a lot of fun playing with the Sand and Water Fun Farm even though there wasn't any sand in it at all :).
My 5 year old daughter and her friends enjoy this toy as well, but they were too tall for it and they got bored with it after about 10 to 15 minutes of play time. The toddlers, in contrast, were playing with it for what seems like hours. This is definitely a toy that the little ones loved and could not get enough of.
If you decided to purchase this, be sure to pick up an umbrella if the kids are going to using this where there isn't any shade. We had to move ours under the patio cover after seeing how the toddlers refused to play with anything else but that.
To buy the toy we have received to review and to check out other great items offered by the company, please visit Step2 website.
Many thanks to Step2. The company has generously offered the same product we received to review as a giveaway prize to one of my lucky readers (US residents only please).
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