10 best bucket and spade sets

Keep kids (and big kids) busy on the beach with these sets that will help to sculpt sandy creations

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Keep the kids occupied at the beach this summer with a good, old-fashioned bucket and spade. We’ve tried and tested a range for all ages and budgets. From Mothercare’s small and simple bucket sets, ideal for babies and toddlers, up to Chad Valley’s 25-piece for sand-sculpting en masse, here’s our verdict on the best out there.

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For the ultimate sandcastle display, complete with a detailed fortress, landscape, and even a moat, we like the Ecoiffier Castle Bucket set. If you’re going away with a larger group, the Chad Valley 25 piece set will provide everyone with something to do while Not on the High Street’s Beach Kit Crab is quirky, cool and chemical-free.

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1. Beach Kit Crab, £17.50

2. Vilac Children’s Beach Set, £15.00

3. Ecoiffier Castle Bucket Set, £8.99

4. Simba-Smoby, £5.99

5. John Lewis Truck Set, £8.00

6. ELC Baby Bucket Set,£4.00

7. Sizzlin’ Cool Wheelbarrow Set, £12.99

8. Chad Valley 25 piece Sand Accessory Set, £9.99

9. Tesco Sand Bucket Set, £4

10. Barbie Bag, Ball and Sand Bucket Set, £7.49


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