We purchased this for our 2 1/2 year old. My sister saw this and purchased it for her 1 year old. It's perfect for playing from the outside of the box for larger kids. We have a severe ant problem so we didn't put sand in this. My son's imagination is fabulous when it comes to playing with his trucks. It makes a perfect discovery toy. We have also used it outside as a water toy. My son plays with his boats sliding them into the water. He loves moving water from one container to another as well as watching water "sprinkle" from from the sieves that come with it. Splashes around inside it to cool off on hot spring (so far) days. My only complaint was the excavator was a challenge to put on and it doesn't seem as sturdy as the rest of the build.
I recently bought this for my niece. It is a perfect size for her and we love the feature of having the canopy as the cover when she is finished playing! The canopy can be adjusted to protect my niece from the sun.
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