Whether you are taking your toddler to the beach or you just want some fun toys for them to use in your backyard sandbox, you want to make sure you get the best sand toys and not some cheap junk toys that won’t last past a day.
Playing in the sand can keep a toddler busy for hours and it’s a great way to get them outside and experiencing new things.
They can use their imagination to build all sorts of cool things in the sand. They can even make up a whole big story about a pirate ship, construction crew or whatever they may be into at that moment.
Check out my picks for the best sand toys for toddlers.
Beach Toy Set In a Bag
This sand toy set has just about any type of sand toy a child could want to play with. You get 8 different sand toys in this set and a nice plastic bag to keep them all in as well.
Included in the set is a watering can, spade, rake, shovel-sieve, 2 sand molds, a 5″ tall bucket with handles and a pan sieve.
The toys are the perfect size for a toddler. They are great for building and playing in a sandbox or at the beach.
Here is a closer look at the toys that come in the bag.
Melissa & Doug Nesting Sand Pails
You can build all kinds of fun things with this sand pail set from Melissa & Doug.
The pails vary in size as they are able to be nested inside of each other. This means that pail 1 is the smallest and pail 4 is the largest and also features a handle to be able to carry all the buckets together.
These are more than just pails to play in the sand with. Each of the pails has little sea creatures on the bottom that represent the number on the pail. This can be a good way to work in some counting with your little one as well.
John Deere Sandbox Construction Vehicles
This John Deere sandbox vehicle set comes with a tractor as well as a dump truck. They have free rolling wheels so they will easily go over the sand, which means they can be brought to the beach as well.
Best of all there are working parts on the vehicles which means you can dump sand out of the bed of the dump truck and lift up the sand in the front loader.
This set of vehicles aren’t very big but there are other options for larger construction vehicles if you want something larger for your toddler. They are approximatley 6 inches large which is a good size for a toddler’s hand.
Melissa & Doug Seaside Sidekicks Cupcake Set
This is a super fun sand set from Melissa & Doug that lets your toddler make all sorts of fun cupcakes from the sand.
It comes with 12 pieces including a hinged cupcake molder, 4 cupcake topper molds, and a tray to keep all the cupcakes in. You also get an icing tool to design stuff in the sand.
Kids can have fun making all kinds of great cupcakes. It encourages imagination and creative play while getting dirty in the sand.
There are also some other great sets from Melissa & Doug that allow you to make other things from the sand as well.
Here are a few other sand sets to choose from.
All of these sets would be great for the beach or the sandbox. You could even get more than one and let your child get really creative with their sand creations.
Kettler CAT Ride On Sand Toy
This is a unique sand toy for a toddler in that they can actually ride on the toy and dig around in the sand.
This toy would probably work best at the beach where your child has plenty of room to dig but if you have a large sandbox area in your yard or local park, this toy would work well there as well.
There are dual action levers that let your child scoop the dirt right up in the front bucket. The digging shovel can also rotate 360 degrees to get just about any sand in the area.
The wheels on the tractor roll forwards and backwards allowing the child to move along quite easily.
This ride on toy is recommended for ages 3 years and up as it will take some coordination sitting on the tractor and digging into the sand. The maximum weight capacity is 75 pounds.
There really are so many options when it comes to sand toys for toddlers. Sometimes a simple shovel and bucket may entertain your child for hours in the sand. But if you are looking for some real imaginative play and fun with your little one, be sure to check out these great toys for the beach and your backyard sandbox.