29 Oct 2015

Wickey Sandpit Flip - Review and Giveaway

Don't know what it is about sand that makes it appealing to young and old alike. When he is not at the beach, which unfortunately is not very often, J loves to get down and dirty in the grainy stuff in the confines of a sandpit. 

His hand-me-down plastic one was getting rather worn. So the opportunity to review a Wickey Sandpit Flip came at just the right time.

Wickey Sandpit Flip - Review and Giveaway


The sandpit arrived promptly. Good job M was on hand to take delivery, as the package was really heavy. Not unexpected when you are looking at a large wooden sandpit. In the end, it was him pushing and me pulling that got the large package out to the garden for assembly. 

The sandpit arrives

Neither M nor I are great at DIY. So it came as given that assembling the sandpit would be a 2-person job and would take considerable time and effort. It did. All of four hours. 

The job would have been much easier if pilot holes were pre-drilled in all the wooden boards. Think IKEA and how quickly you can assemble pre-marked, pre-drilled furniture. The instructions took time to decipher as well. Clearer diagrams and well-marked measurements would certainly make short shrift of hard work.

Wickey sandpit being assembled


Another thing to remember. You will need a proper set of tools to fit all the parts together, including a power drill. The wood used for the Wickey sandpit is strong and sturdy and it takes more than muscle power to drive a nail through it.

Sandpit ready for play

 Flip!
Wickey Sandpit Flip

Talking of wood, it seems to be of reasonably good quality. It is pre-treated to survive outdoors even in wet weather. I did notice that some pieces were fraying at the edges, so we sanded them down and aligned them to face inwards, away from the area of play.

Once assembled, the Flip looks really nice, definitely worth all that time and effort. I love the slightly rustic feel and the way it opens up to fold into benches on either side.  It is a clever bit of design, I have to say. So much nicer for little bottoms to perch comfortably on a bench as little hands and welly-booted feet enjoy hours of messy play in the sand. It is good size too, and can easily sit six children, three on either side.

Hard at sand play

A couple of other things. The sandpit does not come with a base. So you can either tip the sand on the garden floor. Or you can buy a Safe Sand foil sheet to line the inside. We also added corner protectors to make sure there were no nasty bumps when it came to running around the sandpit. And there is gaping between the wooden planks at the top. So the sand is open to the elements. How it all survives in the cold and wet remains to be seen.

Corner protectors and safe sand sheet

For now, we are loving our new Wickey sandpit. J has been outside playing in the sand even in the current miserable weather. Now that is a huge plus. Anything that gets him outdoors in all weathers has to be considered a success.

The lovely people at Wickey are offering one of my readers the chance to win their own Wickey Sandpit Flip. It is sure to make a brilliant present, just in time for Christmas. You can enter the giveaway via the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure: We were sent a Wickey sandpit for the purpose of this review and I was compensated for my time. All opinions are my own.

93 comments:

  1. I love their Wooden Playhouse EXIT Beach - would look great in our garden as we live beside the beach and sea but don't own a beach hut! My girls would love a playhouse like that - they only have tent style playhouses for the garden during the Summer.

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  2. I love their funky farm playhouse!

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  3. Adventure Bed Wickey Lady's House looks such fun

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  4. I love the Treehouse Wickey Funny Farm - it looks so much fun

    Ashleigh

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  5. I love the Ocean Cruiser climbing frame so much for the kids to do with it!

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  6. I love the Fence for playhouse Funky Farm, as I know my daughter would love it. x

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  7. Funky playhouse looks like hours of fun

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  8. love the Nest swing, my grand kids would have lots of fun with this

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  9. I love their pirate climbing frames or one of the other large constructions as there would be something for each of the four children.

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  10. My favourite item has to be the Loft Bed Wickey Jungle Hut! It's like having your own tree-top den as a child and I think it look really smart and well made too!

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  11. My son would love the Climbing frame Wickey Lost Jungle as like a monkey always hanging off things so this would be perfect

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  12. the treehouse wickey funny farm is great

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  13. Climbing frame wickey ocean flyer it looks so fun to play on! X

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  14. wow i love the Slide X-Stream Trigano 380cm incl. frame

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  15. Their Treehouse Wickey Funny Farm looks amazing x

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  16. My twin boys would love the Wickey Oceanflyer climbing frame as they love to pretend they are pirates x

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  17. Treehouse Wickey Funny Farm looks amazing my children would have so much fun.

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  18. My favourite item is the Nest swing Swibee because our little one would love it!

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  19. If I had an unlimited budget and a big enough garden I would love to get the kids the Wickey Neverland gold edition with turbo slide! They would have some amazing fun on that!!!!!

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  20. I really like the look of the Adventure bed Wickey Captain Rick. It looks like a fab kids bed :) xx

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  21. I like the Nest Swing as looks really fun

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  22. I love this sand pit, my kids would have a ball x

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  23. the Play hut with sandpit GASPO is great 2 play areas in one

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  24. Love the wooden playhouses, my grandchildren would think they had their very own house if they had one of these in the garden x

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  25. I love the Play bed Wickey CrAzY Candy the sunroof would be great for sending my little one off to sleep, Ive never heard of this site but have just spend a god hour looking through and already have seen things going to order for Christmas x

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  26. My daughter would be the most popular kid on the street if we owed the Swing set Wickey SkyGlider 240

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  27. I love the Climbing frame Wickey OceanFlyer, its great for climbing and imaginative play

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  28. It has to be the sand pit as my little guy loves to dig and it's the one outdoor activity that we do not have for him

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  29. My son has just got into slides and I really like the look of the Big Slide Big Fun Adjustable Slide.x

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  30. The sand pit looks fab

    Kay Panayi

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  31. i really Treehouse Wickey Funny Farm its looks like great fun

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  32. Absolutely love Wickey NeverLand Gold Edition with Turbo Slide. One day when I have the space I will definitely get that for the kids (OR us adults even!) to have some fun in.

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  33. I love the captain beds they are fab :)

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  34. Adventure Bed Wickey Lady's House makes sleeping fun x

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  35. love the Bunk bed Wickey Sponge House Corner, great if you need to move it to different rooms

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  36. I really like this sandpit- we don't have much of a garden sadly, it's all paved, so this would be great to put out on the patio so the little fella can have a proper playing area.

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  37. Wooden treehouse Wickey Funny Farm - wow!

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  38. I like the look of the Climbing frame Wickey OceanFlyer

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  39. Love the sandpit, was meaning to get my son one all over summer just never got round to it as he loved the beach and playing in the sand on holiday

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  40. Climbing frame Wickey SeaFlyer because my son would love it.

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  41. Love the farm playhouse - hours of simple imaginative fun for the kids

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  42. The Climbing Frame Wickey Pirates Nest would be perfect for my pirate mad nephews.

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  43. love the Climbing frame Wickey OceanFlyer because it looks great fun for the little ones

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  44. The play beds are amazing! Would love one for Hubert!

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  45. Nest swing Swibee looks great fun

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  46. Swing set Wickey SkyNet 240 2 swings and a climbing net :)

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  47. I love the nest swing as it looks like great fun.

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  48. Wickey NeverLand Gold Edition with Turbo Slide

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  49. The sand pit looks like a lot of fun.

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  50. The play hut with sandpit, grandson loves the outdoors

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  51. funky farm playhouse looks lots of fun!!

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  52. Sponge House Corner - this would be great for the kids

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  53. Totally in love with pirate ship

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  54. Treehouse Wickey Funny Farm, would be so much fun :)

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  55. I know my son would love the pirate ship.

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  56. I think that this sandpit is my favourite, it would certainly get the most usage in my house! xx

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  57. I love the Climbing frame Wickey FreeFlyer - it looks loads of fun!

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  58. The Climbing frame Wickey StarFlyer

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  59. Bunk bed Wickey Jungle Hut Duo. my twin boys would love them

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  60. Wickey NeverLand Gold Edition with Turbo Slide looks like good fun! (@PeanutHog)

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  61. well if we had lots of cash it would have to be the Wickey NeverLand Gold Edition with Turbo Slide its amazing (its nice to dream )

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  62. I like Kids playhouse Moritz colored

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  63. I adore this http://www.wickey.com/treehouse-neverland-gold-with-turbo-slide.html

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  64. I love the Swing set Wickey SkyGlider 240, because I have something similar but with only 1 swing. I have two girls. So two swings would be fab! I also love how sturdy and safe this looks.

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  65. We've always wanted a climbing frame and I love the Wickey FreeFlyer x

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  66. The Pirate Ship as it's different to other outdoor play things and my little one loves all things Pirate bless him

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  67. I adore the Adventure bed Wickey Captain Rick -what great for fantasy role play!

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  68. Loving the playhouses. The climbing frame and pirates nest is fab!

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  69. I love the Wickey NeverLand Gold Edition with Turbo Slide, it has everything and perfect for all your little pirates!

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  70. The treehouse wickey climbing frame - the kids would absolutely love this.

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  71. The nest swing, because my children love the one at the local playground

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  72. I love the funky farm playhouse!

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  73. i love the pirate ship... would love one for my pirate mad grandson

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  74. I like the Swing set Wickey SkyGlider 240 as my grandchildren would be able to have goes on it at the same time.

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  75. The Climbing frame Wickey OceanFlyer is my fave because it look like the most fun and it has a great slide

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  76. I love the Adventure bed Wickey Captain Rick.

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