Depending on where you live, summer is usually a very hot time of the year. On most days I have a hard time letting my kids stay outdoors for any length of time unless it is early enough in the morning before the sun makes its fierce appearance. But kids have to be kids and go outside to play, so this year we opted for outdoor fun style. What better way to keep cool, stay out direct sunlight and have fun this summer than a Step2 Play and Shade Pool?
The Step2 family of toys has a rich reputation for children’s toys that are innovative, detail-oriented, durable, weather-proof and safe for even our youngest of tots. Chances are, most of us have or have had at least one Step2 product lying around our home or backyard. I personally love that they have tot-sized playground equipment that is just as fun as the one you can find at your local playground, but much safer.
What do we love about the Play and Shade Pool? Well, it’s not your ordinary kiddie pool! Most kiddie pools are larger, more awkward and not very sturdy on the rim. The Play and Shade Pool, however, is easier to manage and comes with the sturdiness that we love about Step2 products. My youngest child actually sits on the rim of this pool, and I have no worries that the side will ever buckle. The way the sides are manufactured makes for easy entrance and exit for even the youngest of tots. The quick assembly was minimal and easy, so kids can practically get right in and play straight from the box. Plus, Step2 has gone that extra mile to make sure that the additional features make this pool even more fabulous…
- 2 molded seats (what I like to call “hot tub seating”)
- molded designs on the pool’s bottom to keep the surface non-slippery
- easy to see fill-line
- 40 inch umbrella to provide partial shade
- 3 funnel cups and spinning water wheel for some endless fun
As I mentioned before, it is smaller is size than your average kiddie pool, but it still holds 12 gallons of water and fits up to 4 tots pretty comfortably (though I would probably go with only 3 at a time for more splashing room). And that smaller size does make it easier to store out of the way when not in use.
Though it is recommended for kids aged 2 and up, my 18 month old has no problems safely using the pool. We are actually using the pool for a wide array of ages this weekend during my 4 year old’s birthday party (along with our well-loved Step2 water table).
Another great part about this pool is that when summer is over, fill it up with sand and continue the giggles for a few more months!
This toy is definite essential for toddler summer time fun, and one I’d pass down to a beloved friend or keep around for the grandkids.
The only con? I really wish it had a cover. That way, we didn’t have to keep dumping out the water everyday to avoid having a mosquito and dragon fly breeding ground. It would also keep bugs, cats and other small animals away if filled with sand.
If this pool is not for you, Step2 has a plethora of great summer toys, including a few new ones. Be sure to also check out their specials and clearance deals. And if you live in Ohio, visit the Step2 Store in Streetsboro for “try before buy” play, birthday packages, private playtime and special deals.
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