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.
We have had this for a few years now. My son who is 4.5 now still loves playing with the mower both inside and outside. The only problem we had was with the closure on the gas tank broke, but that was after 3 years of heavy use.
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