Funkit World Beach Toys Review

I got really excited when Funkit World got in touch with me and asked if we would take a look at their new range of beach toys.  It was perfect timing for us as we were just about to head to Fuengirola for a short break so a new bucket and spade was going to come in really handy.

Funkit World Beach Toys Review + giveaway

I know what you are thinking.  Why on earth would I get so excited about a new bucket and spade.  Well one of my holiday bugbears is that it is impossible to fit a standard bucket and spade, along with the rest of the beach toys into a holiday suitcase.

I’ve lost count of the number of buckets and spades that I have bought on holiday and then have had to either bin them or donate to another child (of course this isn’t such a bad option) before we head home.  There is apart of me that feels that this is a real waste and not great for the environment either.

Scrunch toys packed in trunki suitcase

Scrunch beach toys do exactly that though.  They scrunch so they will fit easily into a suitcase or bag for going on holiday or for days out.  This felt like a complete revolution in the beach toys area to me.  Fancy having a scrunch-net that fits into a carry on size piece of hand luggage and transports easily.  Well I was impressed.  These little things make a big difference when you are travelling with children.

Funkit World Scrunch Beach Toys Review

bucket and spade

The real test of course, was going to be would they keep my daughter happy whilst playing on the beach after flying all the way to the Costa Del Sol.  The answer to that is an almighty yes.  The Funkit World Scrunch beach toys were a big hit with my daughter.

child playing with scrunch net on beachThe scrunch net was a big hit on and off the beach.  It’s telescopic handle is brilliant so it can extend to the standard size for beach and outdoor play.  This would be perfect for rock pooling in Scotland for example.  It seems sturdy and didn’t mind being bashed around in the sea by an over enthusiastic 3 year old.

child playing with bucket by the seaThe buckets were a bit hit too.  They were great for playing with the sand or ferrying supplies of water from the sea.  Being bright and colourful they were easy to spot and didn’t get lost.  The handle was great for my daughter too.  It’s made from silicon like the bucket so it’s nice and comfortable to hold whilst running up the beach.

playing with bucket and spade on the beachThe spade doesn’t scrunch, but then it doesn’t have to.  It’s a nice design so it easily fits into a case and it’s also great for playing with too.  It’s fairly small, but my daughter seemed to manage to fill her buckets with sand perfectly well with it.  Of course it was put to a spot of hole digging too.

scrunch sand mouldsThe scrunch moulds are super cute.  They come as a pack of 4, including a crab, shell, fish and a footprint.  They are also made from silicon so they scrunch into luggage or travel bags easily.

child playing frisbeeOne of our favourite toys from Funkit World had to be the frisbee.  It’s small and made from silicon, but it’s a really nifty little thing.  My daughter and I had a lot of fun playing with it on the beach.  It was easy for her to master because it was small.  I can see this being used a lot especially on holiday or for camping.

Sadly the frisbee doesn’t look like it will be available in the UK, but if you spot it when you are on holiday abroad I can definitley recommend picking one up.  It won’t take up any room in your case and you’ll have a lot of fun with it.

child playing ball on the beachThe scrunch ball was a lot of fun as well.  It’s super easy to inflate with the plastic straw it comes with.  It’s also easy to deflate again for carrying around in a beach bag.  It’s a great texture, perfect for children who are learning to play catch as it has a slight grip to it.  It also inflates big enough for a good game of football or hand ball.  It would make a great addition to anyone’s summer toy collection.

child looking out to sea

We loved the Funkit World Scrunch Beach Toys.  They were great for playing with on the beach.  They fitted into the suitcase perfectly and they were also easy to transport while we were on holiday.  They came out with us every day in my tote bag and were ready for beach play when ever we wanted them.

Beach Toys Set Giveaway 

I am also delighted to announce that the lovely people at Funkit World are offering Zena’s Suitcase readers the chance to win their very own set of Scrunch Beach Toys including the Scrunch bucket, spade, sand moulds, scrunch ball and scrunch net.  This prize will make a perfect addition to your summer holidays and adventures and I’m wishing everyone the best of luck who enters.

All you need to do is complete the rafflecopter below to get you hands on these fantastic beach toys.

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We were provided with the beach toys in exchange for our honest review but all thoughts and opinions are our own.

Zena Goldman

Zena Goldman is a UK based travel, family & lifestyle blogger who left her 9-5 job behind in the not-for-profit sector to follow her creative dreams and enjoy a more flexible family life. She began writing Zena’s Suitcase in 2011 and shares the holidays and adventures she goes on with (and without) her 2 young daughters. She wishes her son would join them more often but he’s carving out his own dreams now and enjoying university life. Since beginning Zena’s Suitcase she has worked with a number of brands and also has a regular monthly feature in the ASDA Good Living Magazine feature, ‘Ask The Expert’ where she shares helpful parenting tips. In 2018 she was also a finalist in the prestigious BIBs Awards for Social Media.

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  1. Margaret Abram says:

    Building channels in the sand for the water to go through. The children love it

  2. Tracy K Nixon says:

    We enjoy building sandcastles or playing shuttlecock, frisby or volleyball!

  3. Ema J Lowe says:

    we have some of those velco circle bat things which make little hands easier to catch the ball. we’ve got a couple of sets we take to the beach, so we can all play at the same time.

  4. Victoria Thurgood says:

    we love building sand castles and making a trench to the sea

  5. Becca Staples says:

    We enjoy football and rounders when the whole family go x

  6. Tracy Hanley says:

    building sand castles

  7. Julie D says:

    building sandcastles!

  8. harriet says:


  9. Paula Barker says:

    A family game of cricket is always one of our favourites

  10. emma walters says:

    last year the boys loved building sandcastles and flying kites

  11. iain maciver says:

    building sandcastles or frisby

  12. karen cowley says:

    Love to have a kick about and build sand castles x

  13. lia sturman says:

    flying kites

  14. Lynn Heath says:

    What a brilliant idea! We’re off to Spain in May and I’ve been toying with how to get the buckets and spades packed!!!! My girls love building sandcastle and my son loves to play football on the beach!!!

  15. Harline says:

    Building sandcastles

  16. Carrie Truckle says:

    My son loves to bury my legs under the sand

  17. Paula Readings says:

    We play swingball.

  18. laura stewart says:

    beach ball great fun 🙂

  19. Susan Lloyd says:

    We love building sand castles and fishing x

  20. Nicki Evans says:

    I like collecting shells and crabbing.

  21. Angela Treadway says:

    Building sand castles x

  22. laura banks says:

    we play volleyball

  23. melanie stirling says:

    Playing cricket.

  24. Lauren Hogg says:


  25. Rachel Craig says:

    Building sandcastles etc.

  26. Eliz M says:

    building sandcastles

  27. Martina Pichova says:

    I love building sandcastles with my son.

  28. Katherine Teff says:

    We live in Cornwall and are lucky to have fantastic beaches. We like beaches with loads of rock pools so that we can look for creatures and exploring them.

  29. Samantha Loughlin says:

    Making sandcastle with children

  30. Jessica says:

    Playing in the sand and building sand castles oh and skimming stones (if it’s a pebble beach)

  31. Stephanie Tsang says:

    Building sandcastles

  32. Kelly L says:

    We like to build sandcastles!

  33. ashleigh allan says:

    Building sandcastles

  34. Ray Dodds says:

    French cricket

  35. Tracey Wilks says:

    Building sandcastle

  36. helen tovell says:

    We like to play cricket

  37. Gail says:

    Usually have to combine making a castle and a complicated set of canals to keep my girls and my son happy!

  38. Olga carpenter says:


  39. Sarah Brokenshire says:

    frisbee xxxx

  40. Kristy Brown says:

    We like to play tag rugby and bowls

  41. Sarah Mackay says:

    Love rockpooling

  42. claire nutman says:

    We like mini volleyball, fab fun x

  43. Sarah Lee says:

    Building sandcastles, and also playing with the bat and ball is fun on the beach

  44. nina kennedy says:

    Making sand boats

  45. jo brand says:

    if its a windy day, there is nothing better than some good kite flying on the beach!! Perfect.

  46. Jo m welsh says:

    Building sandcastles with a moat round it

  47. jo hutchinson says:

    We like building sandcastles and moats

  48. James McLaughlin says:

    Burying Daddy

  49. Nicola Biven says:

    we like making a sandcastle with a huge moat that starts at the waters edge !!

  50. gemma brown says:

    digging holes and building sancastles

  51. abigail edkins says:

    burying daddy

  52. Stacey Carnell says:

    Searching for crabs 🙂

  53. Tracy Newton says:

    Building sandcastles or sand sculptures

  54. Andrea Fletcher says:

    Building sandcastles and a game of cricket.

  55. Lynsey Buchanan says:

    Building sandcastles

  56. Jo Carroll says:

    After burying Daddy in the sand – which is a given – a nice game of frisbee is always great fun. x

  57. Susan B says:

    We enjoy taking a beach ball and throwing that around.

  58. Ruth Harwood says:

    We love castle building!

  59. Laura Gallant says:


  60. Julie Parker says:

    Got to be sandcastles. A classic that never gets boring

  61. Michaela Hannah says:

    I love digging big holes with my children, we always pretend we are digging for treasure 🙂

  62. Lorraine Tinsley says:

    Just messing around in the pool playing catch with a ball

  63. Claire Elizabeth Noke says:

    we love volley ball 🙂

  64. Leanne Lunn says:

    Beach ball volley ball so much fun because the ball is rubbish 🙂

  65. Clare Hubbard says:

    We love building sand castles

  66. Alison Joyce says:

    Building sand castles and paddling in the sea

  67. Kat Lucas says:

    We love building sandcastles

  68. Karl Borowy says:


  69. Margaret Gallagher says:

    Burying each other in the sand great fun

  70. Angela Paull says:

    Building bit sandcastles with massive moats!

  71. Solange says:

    We enjoy building sandcastles or playing with a frisby.

  72. Corinne Peat says:

    We love to fly kites or play with a ball.

  73. I love a game of frisbee on the beach 🙂
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  74. Leila Benhamida says:

    I love picking up Shells with my family

  75. Neha Parmar says:

    I love making sand castles, collecting shells and playing with the ball along with my family on the beach

  76. Herbert Appleby says:

    I like team games like volley ball and cricket the most

  77. Susie Wilkinson says:

    We like to build dams across the little inlets

  78. Ellen says:

    Rounders and building sandcastles!

  79. Leanne Bell says:

    We love to play with the velcro bats and ball x

  80. Natalie Baskerville says:

    Building sandcastles with moats and then watching it fill up when the tide starts to come in.

  81. claire woods says:

    catching and throwing balls.

  82. sarah clegg says:

    we love building sandcastles

  83. Rachel Butterworth says:

    Playing Frisbee.

  84. melissa crowe says:

    sand castles and playing flisbee

  85. Julie Ward says:

    Jumping the waves

  86. Richard Tyler says:

    Dipping our feet in and out the waves

  87. Ayse says:

    We love making sand balls 🙂

  88. Michelle O'Neill says:

    burying grandad in the sand lol

  89. kim neville says:

    Playing ball and digging a really big hole to sit in

  90. Pam Smith says:

    Building sand castles and digging big holes!

  91. Helen A says:

    Building sandcastles and finding pretty shells/pebbles

  92. Laura says:

    building sandcastles and rockpooling

  93. lindat4683 says:

    looking for treasure

  94. Lucy Chester says:

    Building castles, cannot beat it

  95. Philip Underwood says:

    I love playing badminton or ‘who can find the biggest shell?’.

  96. Anna Wood says:

    We all love building sandcastles as big as we can on the beach

  97. Sarah Archibald says:

    Building castles or collecting shells!

  98. Sharon Lou Johnson says:

    my kids love to dig a hole in the sand and put my towel over it, so when i sit down i fall in the hole!!

  99. Kate Davies says:

    We love building sandcastle and exploring rock pools.

  100. Caroline Williams says:

    Can’t beat building sandcastles and collecting shells to decorate them 🙂 When I was younger my dad used to bury me in the sand and take a photo, that was his favourite game haha!

  101. Maureen M says:

    sandcastles with moats filled with seawater

  102. Andrea Lloyd says:

    Building sandcastles and slashing in the sea

  103. Heidi Brown says:

    building sand castles!

  104. Paula Phillips says:

    Building sandcastles and digging holes.

  105. Alice Megan says:

    A bit of beach cricket it always a laugh

  106. Jean Vaughan says:

    We all love building sandcastles with channels running from one to the other coming up the beach to where we are so that as the tide comes in we can watch the water running from on to the other

  107. Penelope Hewitt says:

    we say we are going to build sandcastles but it is actually just digging holes that’s what the boys seem to enjoy

  108. Ruth Pickford says:

    Building Sandcastles and if not windy playing Boom Bats

  109. Kat Allinson says:

    Building sandcastles, playing frisbee, volleyball?

  110. Claire blake says:

    My kids love building sand castles

  111. Lisa Wilkinson says:

    We build a little car in the sand using a sand sieve as a wheel and decorating it with shells

  112. leigh boyle says:

    digging big holes x

  113. Emma says:

    We love jumping the waves and digging huge holes in the sand.

  114. Laura Kevlin says:

    I love to play cricket with the family 🙂

  115. Elspeth MacMillan says:

    We love building sand castles and decorating them with shells

  116. Jade Hewlett says:

    Building sandcastle and playing frisbee

  117. jemma dwyer says:

    Building sandcastles

  118. Lyla says:

    Beach cricket

  119. katie w says:

    they love burying things and excavating them like they are archaeologists as well as burying daddy

  120. claire little says:

    building sandcastles

  121. ellie spider says:

    frisbee, wave jumping, building sand sculptures and foot ball

  122. Jane Middleton says:

    playing with a beach ball

  123. Jamie Millard says:


  124. Keith H says:

    I love to fly a kite

  125. Sally Collingwood says:

    We love playing cricket and I named my daughter Zena, fab name!!!

  126. Kelly Wiffin says:

    We love building sandcastles, seeing if we can find some nice pebbles and shells and looking for nature!

  127. Andrea A says:

    Building sandcastles

  128. donna l jones says:

    we love playing rounders

  129. Cassandra Mayers says:

    Building Sancastles

  130. Debi Newman says:

    Building sand castles and digging holes x

  131. Barbara Handley says:

    Building sandcastles .

  132. Kelly Ellen Hirst says:

    We love making pictures with stones & shells

  133. Sheri Darby says:

    Beach cricket

  134. Catherine Gregory says:

    Building sandcastles or looking for different colour shells

  135. Adrian Bold says:

    Kicking around a football, or some frisbee action. Depends on how crowded the beach is though.

  136. Helen Garner says:

    Love a bit of petanque

  137. Dale Dow says:

    we see who can pick the most unusual shells up

  138. Leonie Owen says:

    building sandcastles

  139. Nancy Bradford says:

    My brother and I used to bury each other and my parents in the sand and thought it was great fun.

  140. sarah fielding says:

    I love building sand castles, so much fun to do!

  141. Jennifer Rhymer says:

    We love playing Frisbee and building sandcastles. My little ones also like flying their kite 🙂

  142. We love burying daddy in the sand, hahaha

  143. Tammy Stevenson says:

    We love playing games like obstacle course where we have a race to see who can build sand castles the fastest in a pattern and we make a race for us to follow around it. so much fun

  144. Natalie Crossan says:

    Building sand castles xxx

  145. Thomas Perry says:

    We love having Sandcastle building competitions

  146. Denise C says:

    Love building sandcastles

  147. jo liddement says:

    Playing catch with a bat and ball

  148. Donna W says:

    Building little towns and sandcastles with moats for the water with the children.

  149. susan thornton says:

    Making sand pies x

  150. irene gilmour says:

    we love building sand castles well i should say i watch hubby and kids 🙂

  151. Anita Missen says:

    We love building sandcastles and then collecting shells and nice pebbles to decorate it. Xx

  152. Vicki says:

    We love making sandcastles, burying daddy and jumping the waves x

  153. Samantha Atherton says:

    Sand castle building & collecting shells are our favorite beach activities

  154. Karen Barrett says:

    We love rock hopping and fishing for crabs

  155. Laura Harrison says:

    Making sandcastles is good fun and making a moat around it and filling it with water xx

  156. liz ferguson says:

    sand castle building and we take a plastic sled if there are dunes x

  157. Steven Beasley says:

    Playing football or bat n ball.

  158. Vicky Loveday says:

    Sandcastles and moats. Little flags n pebbles. Can’t beat it.

  159. Sue Barton says:

    Would be great for on the beach this summer

  160. Tracey F says:

    We like flying kites on the beach!

  161. sandy ralph says:

    we love building sandcastles and playing frisby

  162. Erica Price says:

    My son loves building things, so this set would be up his stree.
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  163. Laura Pritchard says:

    Frisbee or French Cricket.

  164. tina edwards says:

    we just love building sandcastles with our granddaughter

  165. claire haskins says:

    checking out the rock pools

  166. Rooksbury says:

    Burying my 2 girls and creating mermaid torsos.

  167. Charmaine Godolphin says:

    skipping pebbles !

  168. Pauline Black says:

    It has to be frisby!

  169. Kelly Simpson says:

    Building sand castles!

  170. Emma Whittaker says:

    We love doing sandcastles 🙂

  171. Susan Freeman says:

    Burying Grampa !!! 🙂

  172. Susan Seymour says:

    this wil be the first year my youngest grandaughter will be going to beach and to have this prize would be just perfect to watch her build her first sandcastles and put her toes in the sea perfect memories perfect prize

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