As many of you know – I am a Step2 ‘Test Drive Mom’.  This means that throughout the year periodically I get some really awesome stuff to check out from Step2.

The most recent item I was given to sample, the Step2 Dockside Sandbox & Climber was really great for us, however – We already have the Panda Climber (as you can see my review here) and we already have a sandbox built into our yard.

However, my very good friend Jen from does not have either for their little guy – so I gifted it to them, so long as she guest posted the review Winking smile.   Oh yah, and she took me out to my favorite restaurant Winking smile.


Jen’s Review:

Our front yard is quickly becoming my son’s favorite play area. Especially now that we added the Step2 Dockside Sandbox & Climber.

We haven’t even added sand yet, but Levi loves it already. We’re big fans of pirates at our house, so Levi likes to climb into the ship and pretend to be the captain. He also uses the slide as a raceway for his dump truck.

Watching Levi play pretend reminded me of a recent post on the Step2 blog about how much parenting has changed over the years. It’s definitely a different world now than it was when I was a kid. These days, children have cell phones and iPads (or LeapPads if they’re really little), Nintendo DS systems and MP3 players.

Back in my day, we had what Levi has now – playground toys and our imaginations. I remember playing in the backyard with my little brother as a kid, pretending to be scuba divers searching for exotic sea creatures. We used the swings as our boats and the rocks on the ground as our “discoveries.”

I know I’m supposed to fill the Step2 sandbox with sand, but right now, I’m happy enjoying all the possibilities it offers for Levi to play. It’s been an ant habitat already, and soon I’ll be adding water so we can pan for gold together.

Here’s a little video Levi & I made of us playing on it together.

Maybe we’ll eventually get around to adding sand, but for now, we’re pretty content to enjoy all the different options our imaginations can bring to life.


Jen Jamar is a busy MN mom and natural parenting advocate. Her site Life With Levi features articles about cloth diapers, breastfeeding, and attachment parenting. Her latest project, Alpha Wife Adventures, is about women who run their households. When Jen’s not online, her son, her husband, and their three dogs keep her life full of laughter and love.


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