Entering a Construction Zone with Little Tikes Big Digger Sandbox!

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Summer is just a few weeks away and this year W is all about being outside. He has always enjoyed the outdoors but now that he is mobile he just wants to get outside and play! We have a local community pool in our new neighborhood and I plan on spending a lot of time at the pool with him but lately I have been on the hunt for great outdoor toys for W to use in our front and back yards! Little Tikes is a brand that we have trusted since W was a small fry and loved his Little Tikes 5-in-1 Adjustable Gym. So I knew exactly where to look when I wanted ideas for great outdoor toys for toddlers!

Little Tikes offers an amazing variety of outdoor play toys for kids of all ages!

We received the Little Tikes Big Digger Sandbox and I was excited because it is perfect for the warm weather that has rolled in to the Houston area over the past few weeks. Before we event took the sandbox out of the box, there were a few features that I loved.

The Big Digger Sandbox includes:

  • An excavator attached to the sandbox that actually scoops and moves sand but won’t get lost because it’s attached!
  • Molded ramps and roadways in the sand area so W can drive his cars and trucks all around the play area!
  • A lid that also doubles as a truck ramp and increases the play area of the sandbox!
  • A great package of toys and accessories that includes a dump truck, rake, shovel, sand sifter, sand cup, and two character figures!

We also discovered that The Big Digger Sandbox requires a bit of adult assembly so J got on the job with a little “help” from W!

Little Tikes Big Digger Sandbox

I was thrilled because the sandbox was easy to assemble and we were ready to take it outside in less than 10 minutes! The only tool needed was a screwdriver and J was able to put it together even with W helping him! Of course, W loved the box that the sandbox came in almost as much as the sand box itself!

Once the sandbox had been put together, I was ready to move it outside and get it filled with sand. The directions recommended that you fill it with 100 pounds of sand so I wasn’t really looking forward to that but I had a different challenge to deal with before I could even worry about the sand!

Little Tikes Big Digger Sandbox is fun even without sand!

W thought the Little Tikes Big Digger Sandbox was great for indoor play without any sand! It’s great to know that it’s such a versatile toy! Of course, it was his first sandbox and he didn’t even know what was in store! He spent at least ten minutes playing in the sandbox before I could get it outside and begin working on my sand project!

Little Tikes Big Digger Sandbox

Despite the recommendation for 100 pounds of sand, I was getting the Little Tikes Big Digger Sandbox ready for a toddler play date and knew I didn’t want it to be too full. I actually ended up using a single bag of sand from the hardware store. It didn’t have a weight on it but it wasn’t 100 pounds. I had purchased 3 bags of play sand just to be safe so we have 2 left to use throughout the summer! While there was definitely room for more sand, I think I started with the perfect amount for smaller kids.

Under Construction with Little Tikes Big Digger Sandbox

W loved the sandbox when it was empty in the house and he was an even bigger fan of when it was full of sand and sitting out in the front yard! He loves trucks and anything with wheels which is why I liked the construction theme of the Big Digger Sandbox. The Dump Truck was a huge hit! It was W’s first experience with sand that wasn’t at the beach and yes, he did try to eat some and quickly discovered that it was fun to throw out of the sandbox. This was all before his friends even arrived at our house!

Thankfully there was still come sand in the Big Digger Sandbox by the time W’s friends arrived! They ranged in age from 16 months to 3.5 years old and they all had a great time with the sandbox. W quickly learned that it was big enough to sit in even when it had sand in it so he spent a lot of time doing that!

Little Tikes Big Digger Sandbox

The Little Tikes Big Digger Sandbox was a huge hit with W and his friends! It was also great for J and I because it was so easy to assemble and then when it was also a breeze to clean up and put away because the lid is built right in! We won’t ever have to wonder what happened to the lid because it is attached to the side of the sandbox when it’s open!

The Big Digger Sandbox is a great addition to our outdoor toys (which is actually made up of a number of Little Tikes toys) and will be getting a lot of use this summer. If you are looking for a sandbox, I highly recommend checking out the variety Little Tikes sandboxes! I’m hoping to try one of the Little Tikes water tables very soon as well! My niece and nephew have one and W loves playing with it when we visit them!

To learn more about Little Tikes, visit the website at littletikes.com, like Little Tikes on Facebook, or follow on Twitter @LittleTikes! You can also check out the Little Tikes YouTube channel!

Do you own any Little Tikes outdoor toys? What is your favorite Little Tikes product?

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  1. LaTanya says

    This is a great product!! I love this idea better than going to a playground that already has a sandbox. This why you know that there are not a lot of germs in the sandbox. I know my son would love this!

  2. Kimberlie T says

    My boys would love this! Looks like lots of fun for busy little boys. My only concern is getting sand all over the place!

  3. Colleen W says

    This product any parent would enjoy and it’s safe then going to the play ground sand cause you never know what’s in the sand.

  4. melissa williams says

    I love it! My favorite feature is that the ramp doubles as a lid for the sandbox. With all the toys on it, I could see my 3 year old playing with this for hours.

  5. Colleen Maurina says

    My little grandson likes to be outside whenever possible! This would be a great toy to keep him busy outside. He would love the Digger!

  6. Laura Miller says

    I think my 3 yr old would love this! Especially with all the construction accessories. She just watched the houses being built next door.

  7. Danielle Davis/Grady says

    I have 3 boys all under the age of 5..They would absolutely love this! Thank you for the review!

  8. Jennifer Hedden says

    This is so cool. My nieces would love this. I really like the excavator and the accessories that come with it.

  9. June says

    This looks like a great sandbox that my young nephews would love. And I love that it has the lid that doubles as a road, to keep my cat out when the boys were not using it. I have had a variety of riding toys, tables, play equipment for my nieces & nephews during their lives. I really think that the younger ones would love this.

  10. jenn says

    What a cutie he is!! I love this sandbox for toddlers and my favorite feature is that it has a lid to keep the cats out. I would love to have one for the children i nanny

  11. Debbie says

    This would be great to have in the back yard for when our nieces and nephews come to visit. I love the digger!

  12. Christina says

    I love this sand box! I love that Little Tikes thought of a new way to bring more fun to a sandbox. My favorite feature is the excavator! They have one in the sand area at the park and my son always wants to spend all his time there!

  13. Ashley Hatten says

    this looks great for toddlers and bigger babies. although I think my 2 year old would still enjoy it. thanks for the wonderful review!

  14. kathleen says

    that looks like so much fun. i really appreciate how it was easy for you to assemble. there is nothing worse than getting a cool toy and having a terrible time putting it together

  15. Beth R says

    I love this! My son loves to drive his trucks in grandma’s sandbox. The only problem is he is trying to make ramps off random things. This would be perfect

  16. Tandra Ahrens says

    I love this! My 15month old daughter would go nuts – she loooves dirt! And my 3yr old would be more than happy to show her how to fill up the trucks and dump ’em. I also love that it has a cover – perfect for keeping the cats out!

  17. Jamie Brigham says

    Great review my son would be like yours and sitting in it before I even got sand in it. He is 2 years old so I know he would love to take his cars on the lid ramp and try and use the scooper to throw sand on us LOL

  18. says

    This sandbox is a toy that my twin boys would go NUTS over! They love to dig and play outside, and the lid is an extra bonus, as we live in a very rural area with cats everywhere. The accessories are what really made me fall in love with this sandbox. Good job, Little Tikes!
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  19. courtney b says

    gorgeous pics and i love the video, looks like fun for all kids:) i had a sandbox when i was that age, and I just loved it

  20. Trasina McGahey says

    Ohhh this is just too cute! I have to agree that it looked like plenty of sand. I don’t think I would want it filled to the top as it would just get spilled out and wasted.

  21. Michelle White says

    Very thorough review. I think my kiddos would love one of these and it sounds easy to clean up.
    Michelle W.

  22. Kimberly says

    I like the special touches on this sand box. I also like how the sides are a little bit higher. It looks like it would hold sand in better than other models. :)

  23. Laura Jacobson says

    Oh wow! What a neat toy! I have never seen one like this! So cool that the lid opens up with the ramp! Carter would have so much fun with this! Great review!

  24. Paul T / Pauline T says

    OMG, this product would be a great toy to bring along with us the our next trip to the beach. It would definitely keep them occupied for a while – emscout9 at Hotmail dot com

  25. Amanda Alvarado says

    This is such a cute sandbox! Much better than a regular round one! Dd would have so much fun playing with her dolls (yes her dolls…they get dirty, then need a bath!) in it!

  26. Kimberly Bauer says

    I really like that it is easy to assemble. There are so many products out there that are very time consuming when trying to put together. My high chair just took me 45 minutes, there were countless screws and straps :(

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