The Step2 Play and Shade Pool is Just the right size for toddlers that want fun in the sun. This was a pretty fun pool compared with our past pools. Now it is a smaller sized toddler pool, but of course my big guys had to try and climb in, and they did look a bit silly.... However for my daughter and even my youngest son this pool was great!
My kids have VERY fair skin and with the hot Florida sun it is very important they have maximum sun protection. The Step2 Play & shade pool, is just that, a fun play pool offering built in shade in the form of an umbrella. A super important feature for my family.
The Step2 Play & Shade Pool offers many fun features and convenient set up. Featuring Hard Plastic pool, two molded seats, a non slip grip bottom, sturdy umbrella for sun protection, and 3 funnel cups and spinning water wheel that attach to the umbrella post.
Assembly required sliding the water wheel and funnel cups onto the umbrella pole, and inserting pole into the side of the pool with the use of two screws. It only took about 2 minutes and my daughter was ready for some fun in the sun! There is a cup that is left out, which attaches to the side of the pool for easy storage. Toddlers can use this cup to pour water and activate the water wheel. My daughter really enjoyed this feature it added a little more fun to traditional water play. The umbrella is a great size to keep her almost fully protected from the sun.
Recommend age for this pool is 2 and up. I would recommend this personally as a great starter pool from about 18mth (with ADULT supervision) to 3 years. Over that space may become a factor. I also don't see why you couldn't fill this pool with sand in the chillier months. I think having the built in seating would make for great sand play as well!
Overall I was again not let down by Step2. Anyone that has been following me knows I have a Mommy top 5 brands list. I always have to mention Step2 has topped that list for me throughout four children with quality, fun, durability and engaging products from babies on up. You can also check out my review of the Step2 Lifestyles Master Chef Kitchen and My favorite the Step2 Countryside Cottage for more Step2 rave reviews!
Buy It: Purchase this pool for 59.99 at Walmart, Toys R Us and Step2.com
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