By peoplestaff225
Updated September 29, 2009 04:00 PM

My daughter loves sand — a dive-in-face-first-and-swim-in-it kind of love. So it was only a matter of time before we put a sandbox in our yard and we’re glad we chose the Step2 Naturally Playful Sandbox ($80). Not only is it fun for the kids, but it’s stylish and neutral enough to blend in with our lawn’s landscape.

It holds up to 200 lbs of sand, plus it has a mini seat at each corner and an easy-to-use cover with a pretty sun design. My only complaint is that water can collect in the grooves on top of the lid.

Not sure what to do with it when your kids have outgrown it? Use it as a planter for a flower garden.

Stephanie, crunchy, urban Canadian mama to a 4-year-old contrarian son and a 1-year-old philosopher daughter loves all things green, gadgety and glam.