Thursday, April 8, 2010

Green Toys Sand Play Set Review and Giveaway {CLOSED}





It was 85 degrees outside yesterday in Massachusetts. Yes, it's still April! Summer is coming, fighting with spring each day. I can't wait to get out to the beach with Eliana. Surprise, I am not actually a beach fan myself - but I love to see her face when she is playing with the waves and sand! We never had a sand play set last summer, she was only 6 months old. This summer on the other hand she will be digging through it and the Green Toys Sand Play Set that was sent to us for testing is just perfect for the occasion!



DESIGN: What a simple design this is. Just like toys should be. I can't help but notice the nautical vibe from the pail with the rope for a handle. Looks and functions a lot better than a plastic or metal handle in my opinion. I love that the colors are not screaming primaries. It's very subtle and will look beautiful at the ocean, the light blue, green, and orange. You'll find no excessive packaging here, just one piece of recycled cardboard holds everything together quite well.


The only thing I would change about the design, which really is just a preference, is the hollow underside of the shovel and rake. I wish it was covered with some plastic on that side, even though it is an unnecessary use of material. The way it is designed now, it is hard to get sand and dirt out of those small nooks with the criss cross plastic that is there to make it rigid and sturdy. If that was covered it would be a lot easier to clean. 

QUALITY & VALUE: The set is extremely durable. I mean, I can sit on the pail and it will be just fine. I know you can't say that for every pail out there on the market, they are usually very flimsy and will only last one season - or even worse, one beach trip. This will last indefinitely unless someone breaks it intentionally! The plastic material is very thick and rigid, so there is no fear of it snapping when you are halfway finished with your castle :)

It is also well priced for an Eco-friendly toy - which tend to be more expensive for reasons I have yet to understand. The entire set will cost you anywhere from $15 to $20 depending on where you buy it. That's a small price to pay for some intense beach fun with your kids!




ENVIRONMENT: Here is where this Sand Play Set really stands apart from all others. Not only is it made in the USA (in California), it is made entirely from recycled milk jugs collected curbside. The plastic material is high-density polyethylene and it is one of the safest plastics around. This is one of those times I will not mind a plastic toy, especially that it is not from China. So if you live in California, this is as local and green as it will get! Though if you are from elsewhere, like me, they have enough to go around for all beach loving families coast to coast.

One Eco-Babyz reader will be a proud owner of the Green Toys Sand Play Set!









HOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY:

MANDATORY ENTRY: Go to the Green Toys website and tell us in a comment which other toy you would love to buy.



























ADDITIONAL ENTRIES (each one in separate comment, not counted unless mandatory entry is complete; each is 1 entry unless otherwise noted):











































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Contest ends at 11:59pm EST on Monday, April 19thThe winner will be selected using Random.org on Tuesday April 20th and notified by email (make sure I have a way to get in touch with you!). Open to US residents only! Thank you!

130 comments:

  1. My nephew would go bonkers for the dump truck!
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  2. I follow your blog. amypugmire@live.com

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  5. I follow u on twitter. 1amypugmire. amypugmire@live.com

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  6. I would love the tea set. amypugmire@live.com

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  7. tweeted.amypugmire@live.com
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  8. stacker looks fun too
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  9. The tea set would be a hit in our house.

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  10. Follow via GFC - Jill L

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  11. I like the jump ropes.

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  12. I would love to get the Blocks for my nephew! He's a little construction man!
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  13. I follow @EcoBlogz on Twitter!
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  14. I joined the Eco-Babyz Community on Lunch.com!
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  15. I follow Eco-Babyz on Google Friend Connect!
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  16. I tweeted! http://twitter.com/ampaetka/status/11861523794
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  17. I think the Indoor gardening kit is awesome! xo

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  18. following you via google friend connect! xo

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  19. following EgoBlogz on twitter @sparkily

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  20. subscribed via email 2

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  21. subscribed via email 1

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  22. I love the Dump Truck. It looks so sturdy.

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  23. I have tea set (and love it) but my daughter really really wants a dump truck!
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  24. my kid would love the chef set

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  25. My son would love the Recycling truck. I myself prefer the tea set. :)

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  28. I would choose the BPA-free Feeding Bowls (4 pack) - not necessarily a toy, but much needed! We have their tea playset, which our daughter loves! Thank you so much.
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  29. I like the Indoor gardening kit

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  30. Each day, as I pick my 2 & 1/2 year old daughter up from school, I ask her what she did that day... and she always says, "I JUMPED!" So, when I saw the jump rope on the Green Toys website, it had her name all over it.

    Julianna
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  31. My daughter would love the tea set! She loves throwing tea parties but this is much better than mommy worrying about her mugs!

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  32. The Blocks for tiny hands sounds great, I love the color and size!
    They can be used for counting and pattern recognition too, and other games!

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  33. I like the Cookware and Dining Set

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  34. I tweeted http://twitter.com/cstironkat/status/11894512062

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  35. I also like the garden set and the tea set

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  36. I think the Recycling Truck is super cool!
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  37. Twitter follower soluckyducky
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  38. I really love the dump truck too!
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  39. I really like the cookware and dining set toy
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  40. I joined the community on lunch.com
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  41. I follow via GFC
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  42. I subscribe via email #2
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  43. I subscribe via email #1
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  44. I follow via twitter isaiahsmom21
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  45. i love the tea set

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  46. I would buy many things from that sight for first would be the blocks

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  47. Signed upt for Green Toys email updates.

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  48. subscribed to Eco-Babyz by email

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  49. I would like the tea set.

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  50. My daughter chose for me, she really likes the "dish set." My daughter loves to make me fake breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And of course...I love to eat it!
    Thank you very much for this opportunity!
    God Bless one and all!
    Kim Buck @ kimbuckjr@yahoo.com

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  51. I follow via GFC

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  52. I love the complete dinnerwear set!

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  53. The Jump Ropes are cool!
    Thanks for the chance.
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  54. My kids would love the jump ropes!

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  55. I like any of the trucks. (OK, actually my son would).

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  56. My daughter would love the Dish Set!
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  57. I like the tea set...and the jump ropes

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  58. I subscribe to your email #2. jgerwigdively (at) hotmail {dot} com

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  59. I subscribe to your email #1. jgerwigdively (at) hotmail {dot} com

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  60. I really like the Indoor Gardening Kit. jgerwigdively (at) hotmail {dot} com

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  61. I follow you on Google Friend. jgerwigdively (at) hotmail {dot} com

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  62. Following EcoBlogz on Twitter @yoshidoshi

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  63. I like their BPA Free Plates!

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  64. Tweeted http://twitter.com/yoshidoshi

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  65. I would also love to get the dump truck for my son. Thanks for the giveaway.
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  66. I saw their tea set in the Pottery Barn Catalog and fell in love!

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  67. I have purchased both the tea set and the dump truck and they are excellent products! I would also like the Recycling Truck for my grandson.
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  69. My daughter would like the tea set too!


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  70. I like the Indoor Gardening Kit!

    Trudy
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  71. My boys would love any of the trucks!
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  72. I follow on twitter

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  73. I love the dump truck for my three boys!

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  74. We'd have lots of fun with the Indoor Gardening Kit.

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  75. My boys would love the dump truck:)

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  76. Following ecoblogz on twitter: @bekki1820cb
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  77. I am signed up for the Green Toys email updates. bekki1820cb at gmail

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  78. I like the Cookware and Dining Set as well. Thanks for the chance. bekki1820cb at gmail

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  79. I would love to get the Tea Set.

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  80. I would like the BPA-free Feeding Bowls
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  81. The Cookware and Dish Set would make my kids happy.. weeshenanigans (at) gmail (dot) com

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  82. i also love the Recycling Truck! =]
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  83. Signed up for the Green Toys email updates
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  84. I follow EcoBlogz on Twitter
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  85. I follow you on GFC, thanks :)

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  86. Follow you on twitter
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  87. I like the cookware and dining set
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  88. follow on google friend connect
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  89. Left a tweet
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  90. I like the toot set

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  91. follow blog

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  93. # 1 email sub

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  94. I really like the Cookware and Dining Set.Thanks!

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  95. I think my daughter would love the tea set from green toys.

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  96. i like the dump truck
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  97. I like the Indoor Gardening Kit for my kiddos!

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  98. The kids would love the Indoor Garden Kit!
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  99. signed up for green toys emails

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  100. tweeted

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  101. follow ecoblogz on twitter @majameza

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  102. My son would go bonkers for the dump truck!

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