Remember when I posted my summer bucket list and resolved to have more fun outdoors with the girls? In a rare moment of pitch kismet, the same week I received a review oppourtunity for Melissa and Doug sand toys. Being a huge Melissa and Doug fan, I jumped on the chance to try out some of their toys with the girls.
We received the box right after we returned from our summer vacation. Just in time for a long hot July at home. The girls were eager to dig in and oooed an ahhed over the toys. They couldn’t wait to take them to the park the next day. Then when we got there, they refused to play with them. I chalked it up to the excitement of seeing the park for the first time in a few weeks and packed up the items for the next day. The Seaside Baking Kit is awesome for that by the way. With some careful packing, you can fit everything into the bucket and put the lid on so nothing gets lost.
But the next day they weren’t having it either. I didn’t get it, sand play and pretend baking are two of their favorite things. The combo should have been made of winning. But the M&D toys were left orphaned until scavengers (other kids) picked them up and started gleefully making sand cupcakes and happily digging away. As much as I loved being the cool mom at the park I was kind of annoyed at my girls for not loving on the sea themed sand toys. So I packed them away and forgot about them until I was foraging for “new” (read: something put away for awhile) toys for the girls in the “boring” pre-school weeks.
And wow, did they love them. I guess my mistake was thinking they would want to use sand toys in a sandbox. Duh mom, they are so much more awesome in the dirt for outdoor cooking and in the bathtub.
The Girls Top Five Uses For Sand Toys
1) Sifting flour while baking with me. Why cranks a sifter when you can use a starfish?
2) Dirt cupcakes for worm birthday parties
3) Whisking rocks for rock salads
4) Wearing the buckets as hats to fish tea parties
5) Pirate sword fights, because what pirate wouldn’t want to use an octopus whisk to fight with?
Want your kids to embark on similar adventures? Melissa and Doug is letting me giveaway a toy package of four of their sea themed toys including: Seaside Sidekicks Sand Cupcake Set , Seaside Sidekicks Sand Baking Set, Clicker Crab Pail and Scoop , and Seaside Sidekicks Sand Molding Set.
To enter: just leave me a comment telling me why you want to win. For an extra entry, join the Melissa and Doug Treasured Toy Club, then come back and leave a comment telling me you did so.