Naturally Playful® Sandbox™

step2 naturally playful sandbox
little girl playing in sand box
little girl playing in sand box outside
sandbox with lid
step2 naturally playful sandbox
step2 naturally playful sandbox
little girl playing in sand box
little girl playing in sand box outside
sandbox with lid
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Naturally Playful® Sandbox™


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The Step2 Naturally Playful Sandbox is an attractive and durable sandbox that combines outdoor textures and natural colors to blend in with any backyard.

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sandbox! Highly recommend it. We bought this used at a garage sale, but there was no wear at all when I purchased it, and over a year later, it still looks brand new. I like that it's not overly bright and obnoxious-looking, but most of all, it's very functional. The corners all work as chairs, and I can sit on the corner comfortably with my feet in or out of the sand while my daughter plays. The top is sturdy enough to hold my child's weight, and it's only blown off once in a very, very bad storm (but we've had many bad storms and the top has stayed on without issue). The top keeps bugs and water out very well. This box is large enough to accommodate 3-4 children at once.
Date published: 2007-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect for Preschoolers! My three year old son and 18 month old daughter can't get enough of this sandbox! We've had it a year now, and have no complaints about the lid leaking or not staying on. In fact, it's light enough that my 3 year can manage to get the lid on and off himself (which means they can go out to our little fenced in backyard by themselves while I am watching from the kitchen window cooking dinner). Initially I was going to get a sand table because I thought it'd be less mess, but they did not seem big enough for 2 kids and I didn't like that sand would inevitably fall out underneath it. I am really, really glad I went with this sandbox instead. My kids play in it every day that weather permits, and have so much fun with it!
Date published: 2011-06-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Great sandbox, terrible lid This is a great sandbox, very large and roomy for my two children. However, since we bought it, the lid has always blown right off. It also is very flimsy, and does not stay in place. After about a month it started getting holes in it, and now the box is filled with cat poop from the local neighborhood cats and lots of bugs and worms as well as debris from surrounding trees. I love this box, but wish the lid would stay on and be sturdy enough to keep animals out. I tried to buy just a lid from Step 2 but was told they can't do that. I have numerous step 2 products, (just bought the fold up picnic table) and they are all great, this is my only disappointment. Come on step 2, live up to your excellence and make a better lid or at least let us buy a replacement so we don't have to buy a whole new sandbox from an unnamed retailer who is not as good as you but who has sturdy lids.
Date published: 2010-03-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Too small for 2 kids I am suprised about the size of this sandbox. when I first look at it in store, I thought it was huge. Then, when it gets home, set up in the backyard. It is really too small for 2 kids (2 & 4). I wish Step2 makes a larger one. When my 2 kids play, they love to sit inside the sandbox. But, there are not enough space to sit both kids inside with the toys. If they sit at the corners, that works. But that is not as fun as sit inside the sandbox. I got this one to replace the sandbox I made for them, but apparently, they enjoy the one I made much better than this one, due to the size.
Date published: 2008-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from We love this thing Great sandbox. We have had this for more than a year now. Still gets plenty of use. Roof does stay on during high winds. How? I do not know.Only minor issue may be the roof. Kids stand on the roof all the time, causes it to buckle in. The roof pretty much stays in the 'buckled in' state all the time. It is a non-issue for us.Wish the corners were a little larger, as that is where I usually sit (180 lbs). It works, but gets a little uncomfortable after a while.We purchases four of these. Gave three away as gifts. For the money it was well worth it.Overall, no real complaints. We love this sandbox!
Date published: 2009-04-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This looks great (and works great, too)! We just replaced our Crabbie sandbox after 4 years; although it was still perfectly functional, the color was very faded...and my kids are getting older. I bought the naturally playful sandbox this morning and it looks so great in the yard! My 6-year-old and 3-year old love it as much as they did old Crabbie, and the baby will love it someday. My only complaint, if you can call it that, is that I wish it was larger--the kids are getting older and bigger, wish the sandbox would get bigger, too (only reason I didn't give it 5 stars). Oh, well--they love the sandbox, and if they're happy, I'm happy!
Date published: 2007-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from VERY NICE! I looked all over at a variety of sandboxes to give my 2 yr old for her birthday. Most are obnoxious shapes and bright awful colors and are not at all big enough for more than one child, but this sandbox is the complete opposite. It looks wonderful in our backyard and blends right in. My daughter LOVES IT. It holds a considerable amount of sand and sand toys which I leave in it. Its quite sturdy once together. I can't say enough about it. If you can get one on sale, or even if you can't it's way nicer and larger than anything I have seen elsewhere in the same cost bracket! BUY IT!
Date published: 2007-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still a winner after 2 years! I bought this sandbox 2 years ago and am still impressed with its superiority! The lid stays on tight and keeps out all snow, rain, bugs, and anything else that might come along spring, summer, fall, or winter! It is big enough to accomodate lots of toys and still have room for several little hands and feet to squish in the sand. My son was a micro-preemie and had some sensitivity issues. A sand box was just what he needed to help overcome these issues. After 2 years, the sensitivity issues have been overcome, but he still loves to play in the sand. And the best part is, it still looks great in the yard! The neutral colors go well with any decor and they don't fade, even in direct sunlight! This is the best sandbox I have been able to find. It is truly an asset to the Step 2 line!
Date published: 2008-05-20

Is it frost resistant??

Asked by: Carol Calasso
Step2 outdoor products are specifically designed for outdoor use and are extremely durable. The plastic resin used in Step2 products has been tested successfully at temperatures up to 32 degrees below zero Fahrenheit. Additionally, periodic inspection and general maintenance is recommended as a safety precaution as well as the prevention of surface contamination and potential for moisture to be trapped within the product.
Answered by: Step2 Staff Member
Date published: 2020-03-12

How much water can it hold? 

Asked by: Kenna
The Naturally Playful® Sandbox™ is designed to hold sand.
Answered by: Step2 Staff Member
Date published: 2019-07-30

Can I purchase only the lid for sandbox .the lid we have is cracked in many areas but the bottom is in great condition.

Asked by: Jank
Regretfully, we do not offer the lid separately from the sandbox.
Answered by: Step2 Staff Member
Date published: 2020-03-12

What are the internal dimensions of the actual play area?

Asked by: Sonkist
The inside dimensions of the Naturally Playful Sandbox™ are approximately 29.5" front to back, 44" right to left, 7" bottom of sandbox to lip of sandbox.
Answered by: Step2 Staff Member
Date published: 2020-03-12

How much sand do you buy. It's for a 1 and 4 year old. 

Asked by: Tb0518
The Naturally Playful® Sandbox™ will hold up to 200 pounds of sand.
Answered by: Step2 Staff Member
Date published: 2020-03-21

Where do you buy the sand? It says sand not included

Asked by: CcSd
Buy the sand at any local home improvement store. Buy child "Play Sand"
Answered by: Kate
Date published: 2018-05-18

The wind keeps blowing off the lid. Is there a good way for me to prevent that?

Asked by: Kay4X4
Please contact our Consumer Service Specialists at 1-800-347-8372 Monday through Friday, 8AM -5PM Eastern Standard Time and we will be happy to help you.
Answered by: Step2 Staff Member
Date published: 2018-03-19

Someone unfortunately back over our sandbox. A corner was crushed and the lid cracked. I think we can make it work if we could find a replacement lid. Is the lid available for purchase alone? The price is double what I paid last year or I'd rebuy.

Asked by: KimM
Regretfully we do not offer the lid separately from the Naturally Playful® Sandbox™.
Answered by: Step2 Staff Member
Date published: 2018-07-01

I've lost the 2 bridges on the sand/water box & the other small accessories as well. Can I get?

Asked by: Mike
We now have replacement parts online. Please open the following link to view the replacements that you are requesting : Or you may also contact our Consumer Service Specialists at 1-800-347-8372 Monday through Friday, 8AM -5PM Eastern Standard Time and we will be happy to help you.
Answered by: Step2 Staff Member
Date published: 2017-12-20

Are there drain holes to drain the little bit of water we added to the sand without draining the sand?

Asked by: Shelley
Wow...your answer is to call someone else...nice customer service.  You could always drill a couple of small holes and attach a fine mesh to allow water to flow through but not the sand.
Answered by: John
Date published: 2020-05-17

What are the dementions of the sand box?

Asked by: anonymous

My sandbox gets filled with rain water even though the lid is on. Am I doing something wrong? After opening the lid and finding it filled with water over the winter, we emptied the water only for it to become full again the next time it rained.

Asked by: Amy216

What are the measurements?

Asked by: Patty

What kind of plastic is the sandbox made of and is it safe to plant vegetables in it( lettuce/ radishes/ etc)?

Asked by: Cyndi

Just got this as a gift a few months ago. The cover to this sandbox has cracked. Is there a replacement cover for this sandbox? My son loves playing with this sandbox and am looking to fix the cover to protect the sand. 

Asked by: Silas