Sunday, July 31, 2011

Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Sand Toys Review

Sunny Patch is an imaginative world filled with whimsical, adorable characters boys and girls will love. With their Sunny Patch friends to help guide them, children are inspired to learn about and appreciate all living things. Our Sunny Patch brand has been thoughtfully designed to encourage kids and families to find new and enjoyable ways of exploring their world together, while bringing a spirit of playfulness to everyday activities.

It's just not summer for a child without playing in the sand, is it?  I know I spent hours as a child at the park that was just a few feet from my front door, playing in the sand.  My girls do the same in our own back yard, so I was excited for the opportunity to let them try out a few sand play toys from Melissa & Doug.  I have long been a fan of their toys for my children, and I knew I would be able to expect quality and hours of imaginative fun from these items.

My first thought as I opened the box that contained these summer gems, was oh-my-stars-how-CUTE-are-these!?  Seriously, they're adorable.  Brightly colored, and just plain fun!

We received four sand toy sets, including the Seaside Sidekicks Sand Cupcake Set, the Seaside Sidekicks Sand Baking Set, the Clicker Crab Shovel and Pail Set, and the Seaside Sidekicks Sand-Molding Set.

While my girls loved *everything* I would have to say their favorite has been the Seaside Sidekicks Sand Cupcake Set and the Sand Baking Set.  They will sit outside in the sandbox for hours and hours baking and decorating sand cupcakes.  They search the yard for little flowers to use and just have a blast.  They have little tea parties with them and they bring me the creations they have made and show them to me so proudly. 

We just got back on Friday from a week long beach vacation, and while we didn't have a ton of room to bring all of the sand toys, we allowed the girls to fill up a small box with their favorite sand toys to take with us, and most of the box was filled with the Melissa & Doug favorites, and most importantly, those cute cupcakes!  It was so hard to get them to leave the beach even after hours, because they just were *not* finished playing in the sand.

As a mom, I love how sturdy these toys are.  There is no concern of them breaking just from being stepped on by accident or even just from normal play.  These toys are quality and will last a long time, I forsee these being used for years and years.  Many could even be used to play with in the snow, too!  How fun would snow cupcakes be?  I also like that the prices are very reasonable.  From just $9.99 to $14.99 for something that provides hours of entertainment and encourages creativity and imagination?  Sold! 

I think I'll surprise the girls with the Speck Seahorse Sand Ice Cream Set and the Seaside Sidekicks Sand Cookie Set before the summer is over.  The entire Sand Play line is so cute!

*I received one or more of the products mentioned above for the purposes of this review through the above mentioned company or representing PR agency. In the event of a giveaway, the prize is shipped by the sponsor and I hold no responsibility. Thank you for reading!

1 comment:

  1. Toys that utilize a child's imagination are also fantastic for the 1 to 3 age group. Build an outdoor fort, a play tunnel that can be used both outside and inside on rainy days, and don't forget the all-important cardboard box.


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