The best bucket and spade sets for the beach or sandpit

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However old you are, we’ve all experienced the joy of being the proud owner of our very own bucket and spade and how easily these two items transformed a trip to the beach. The humble bucket and spade does more for your child than you might think - improving patience, fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and much more.

The fun doesn’t have to stop at the beach either, a bucket and spade is a great accompaniment for a sandpit.  

That’s why we’ve sought out the very best bucket and spade sets available to buy, considering size, durability, transportation and how you’ll store it when you’re back home.

Our product recommendations are based on a combination of real-world testing from our burgeoning army of mum testers, and the extensive knowledge of our experienced editorial team and product specialists. Find out more about why you can trust us.

The best bucket and spade set


As you might expect from the name, this clever bucket ‘scrunches’ down, whether you choose to


Folding down to just 5 cm tall so it can be stowed under your buggy or popped in a rucksack, this


This kit is a real bargain, containing everything your youngster could need to play in the sand.

Playmobil Sand Spring Flower Bucket
Price: £17.69


Suitable to be used both indoors and outdoors, this Spring Flower Sand Bucket from Playmobil

Green Toys Sand Play Set
Price: £20.82


This 4-piece sand play set is made completely from recycled plastics, helping to reduce fossil


There's no doubt that this set is pricey, but it's certainly adorable and made to last. Available

Melissa u0026amp; Doug Seaside Sidekicks Sand Baking Set

Rrp: £15.99

Price: £14.49


It may not be a traditional bucket and spade, but your youngster is bound to have oodles of fun


If you want to keep things simple, this brightly coloured bargain set does just the job. It

Final verdict

Although all of the choices above would make a great buy, our favourite has to be the Kidly Foldaway Bucket & Spade Set. You get both a bucket and spade, there are lots of gorgeous colours to choose from and it’s eco-friendly. We think it’s truly innovative and love the space-saving nature.

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