TOY REVIEW: The Step 2 Naturally Playful Sand & Water Center

toy review Step 2 Naturally Playful Sand & Water Center

We’re still running around to get toys for outdoor play–and you know we did some serious thinking before dropping $99.99 on the Step 2 Naturally Playful Sand & Water Center. This elaborate outdoor activity center features two sides–one for water, naturally enough, and one for sand. The other big feature is an activity center that allows your children to be creative and imaginative while being outdoors.

The sturdy wood design blends well in the natural landscape, and comes with an overhead umbrella to protect little ones from the sun. This toy comes with several accessories including the umbrella, 2 bridges, 2 boats, 2 pots and 1 shovel for tons of fun in the sand and water. To protect against weather and pests, it also comes with elastic tie downs and a cover.

Parents who have bought this product rave at its sturdiness and effectiveness to keep kids of all ages entertained for hours. They like that it encourages kids to play outside and use their imaginations, just as kids were meant to do. Some users have had the Step 2 Naturally Playful Sand & Water Center in their backyards for more than five years, and it has held up well and continues to entertain the children as they get older.

The most prevalent complaint about this outdoor toy is that the water side tends to leak where the legs attach to the table. The manufacturer has included sealing rings that can be applied during assembly to remedy this situation. That’s only fair, considering the list price–which, to be fair, will probably end up being more than you’ll pay for this. But don’t worry too much about laying out the money. This toy has some serious durability, and you can expect your kids to be using  it for several years.