Ahoy Matey! Set Sail with the Step2 Dockside Sandbox & Climber!

May 16, 2012

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 LifewithLevi.com 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.



  1. How cute is that! You are a very kind person. That is so sweet of you to give it to someone else to enjoy. Not a bad deal either getting dinner out. LOL I love Step 2 ‘s stuff.

  2. There’s no sand… o.O
    He is having that much fun with no sand?
    Must be an awesome toy!

  3. Carolyn Ann Colley (Griffith, Smith) says:

    This is great, my grandson would love this. Thanks for the review.

  4. 1955nurse says:

    Ehat an awesome thing to do, you ROCK! We love Step2, you Ladies who are part of the Step2 Test drives are soooo lucky! My Grandson wants one of these in the worst way, he keeps saying that the sandbox could be for his little Sis!

  5. Wow that looks pretty fancy!! My son would be able to spend hours playing with that. So cute

  6. Sarah L says:

    I am all for toys that let kids use their imaginations. Playing pirates can be so much fun.

  7. That;s awesome, he clearly loves it. What a generous gift. I love Step 2 products

  8. Betty Baez says:

    How very nice of you to gift it to her looks like fun!

  9. Sandy VanHoey says:

    wow! How nice to gift to your friend and what a cute little toy this is. I love it! Step 2 makes some great things! This will make some kids happy for the summer.

  10. Vickie Couturier says:

    oh wow,nice indeed,my grandchildren would love this one for sure,,wish I had friends like you!

  11. Kimberly says:

    This is so cute! I love outdoor toys that aren’t eyesores. I think I’d fill the boat with water too. It’s way easier to clean up than sand and my daughter doesn’t know she’s not supposed to eat the sand yet. 🙂

  12. MommaMary says:

    So much fun! Imagination is so wonderful at his age.

  13. That was a very sweet thing for you to do! As for the review I luv Step 2. My grandchildren have a Naturally Playful Woodland Climber and they just play their little hearts out. Jen is so right creativity is so important. My children had indoor picnics, campfires via the heating stove (with safety guard fence)in the winter and ocean play via their little play pools and big camping trips in our back yard.
    Gladys P

  14. Ashley E. says:

    This toy looks adorable!!! Step2 has such awesome outdoor toys! We don’t have a sandbox at our house, i’m not sure if my daughter would be into it or not!

  15. I just love their stuff so much! It really holds up so well, very durable.

  16. Denise C says:

    My kids, especially my daughter, would love this. They both like sandboxes, and it’s always my daughter’s favorite spot when we go to our favorite playground. It was so great of you to gift this to your friend. I’m jealous 🙂

  17. Jennifer Hedden says:

    That is so nice of you to gift it to someone else. This Step2 Dockside Sandbox & Climber looks so fun! I know my nieces would love it! The more products I see from Step2 the better I like them. Thank you for the great review!

  18. awww…what fun he is having! There is just something about Pirate toys that have little guys “hooked”:)

    What a sweet thing to gift your Step 2 toy. I love this company SO much for their durable, colorful and fun toys but I am not sure I could have a dozen or so of them in our yard at once. Guess we shall see…newest grand daughter, who lives with us along with mommy, has Papa wrapped around her lil’ finger. Perhaps a deck will hold a few of these bigger climber toys? I’d be up for that!

  19. Can I play? It is not fair to be the adult! LOL Thanks for the review, looks like he is having a blast without the water or sand in there.

  20. Naina John says:

    sandbox can also be filled with water, it will be a mini pool then.Nice review.

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