It’s an undisputed fact that kids love water. And there’s truly no better way to entertain toddlers on hot summer days than with a water table. Or, if you really want to amp it up, a combination water and sand table.
Show us a kid who does not salivate at the sight of a Slip ‘n Slide, Super Soaker, or a bucket of water balloons. Hell, if you set up a giant inflatable water castle your child might actually pass-out from joy. But those toys are all better with bigger kids, what is the parent of a toddler or young child to do? Get a water table. The plastic play sets allow little ones the ability to splash around (and stay cool) while also helping with crucial development skills like attention, focus, problem-solving, and creative thinking skills.
Yes, water tables might look like simple play areas. But today’s options offer a lot to a growing child. Due to their size, the tables can accommodate numerous children, allowing kids the chance to work on their communication and social skills. Playing in water helps kids in the development of problem-solving skills since it encourages them to explore and learn about the mechanics of water (how it flows, pours, and such). Since so many of the water tables offer numerous moving parts, they also improve hand-eye coordination. A kid with one is wet, yes, but developing, too.
Plus, as the weather heats up and summer is upon us, water tables are just damn fun.
What, then, makes for a great water table? We combed through the multitude of them available. Here are criteria we used. They had to be sturdy and well built, have numerous accessories to keep little hands and minds busy, needed to inspire little minds, and most importantly they had to be low enough for a toddler to belly up to it. Here are the best toddler water tables we found.
Kids love dinosaurs. Kids love sand. And kids love water. This brilliant water and sand table combines all three for hours of good times. Ideal for kids 24 months and older.
You get the best of both worlds with this Dino Dig Sand & Water Table. It’s a two-sided play table that features a large sand pit for deep digs and a water station to rinse off the kids’ digging tools. Oh, but that’s not all. Kids can use the large cup to quickly scoop and pour water into the top of the volcano and watch as the water gushes down the sides of the mountain.
A water table fused with a sprinkler? Yes, this miraculous toy does exist. And here it is, in all its aquatic glory.
You fill your barrel to the top, and then spray other players. Just connect a hose to activate the water shooters. This toy is great for kids two and up, but actually, just try and keep adults away. We dare you.
Ideal for kids 18 months and older, this fun water table lets kids make it rain while they splash and play in their own yard.
Designed to mimic rainfall, the curvy upper level of this multi-level table entices kids to fill it with either the small bucket that is included, or one of the two smaller scoops that hook on the side. As the water trickles down, it also flows down on one side through a Rube Goldberg-ian waterfall that your child can change at will. There’s also a small springboard to flip the two included figurines back into the larger bottom pool and a spinning wheel that can be moved to help with fine tuning the motor skills. As one of the lightest water tables out there at ten pounds moving it around is simple, plus the drain plug makes emptying it simple.
The engaging water table, which is 29-inches in diameter, has a large funnel spiral in the middle of the table that will keep kids busy for hours as they drop balls, and water, in to the opening and watch them spiral down into the base.
To aid in hand-eye development there is a four-spot “Ferris Wheel” on one side that requires coordination to pick up the five floating round characters that come with the play set. There’s also a twin water wheel. In between bouts with the water park features, kids will develop ‘put and take’ skills, plucking toys from the round ring of water that can hold up to seven gallons of water. When it comes time for cleanup, there is a drain plug to empty it, and the 12 pound table breaks down easy. It’s intended for up to three kids ages two to six.
Kids can use the water table's center spinner to create a splashing whirlpool, which makes for hours of soaking good times, and it's ideal for kids 18 months and older.
This water table is great for beginner walkers to pre-schoolers. Toddlers can use the water table spinner to create a vortex and go nuts watching their toys spin around. They pour water to activate a spinner, and there’s a no-leak drain plug for easy cleanup.
Designed to mimic a small island in the middle of the sea, this boisterous table comes with two figurines — one boy and one girl. The two figures can ride the water wheel carousel or a slide and diving board, all three of which can be moved and set up anywhere on the water table.
If the islands residents want to take a break they can either take a dip in the pool in the middle of the island, or go for a ride in the enclosed boat in the open seas surrounding it. There is also a large palm tree that acts like a fountain when water is poured on it from included bucket that will help with muscle development. The table weighs 20 pounds and has a drain plug to simplify clean up. It can accommodate up to four kids aged 18 months to five-years-old.
This two-tiered play set offers parents a few things the other sets do not. First off, it comes with an umbrella to keep the sun off of junior. Nice. What really sets it apart from the others there is a pair of different basins in which kids can play.
The upper one has a water spinner and flipper for figurines; the lower pool, a springboard. Maybe what they will like best is to pour water into the upper pool with one of the two included buckets and cause the waterfall to kick in, pouring water into the lower basin. Both basins are attached to one base, so moving it around is simple. There’s no drain, however, so the only way to empty this table is to dump it. It weighs 20 pounds and is suitable for children 18 months to eight-years-old.
This isn't just your basic water table for kids. It's a pretend garden center that lets kids plant and water blooms.
Budding gardeners and plant lovers can “plant” and water their flowers, with a working water can. Good for kids 18 months and older, the set includes everything they need to tend to their own garden.
You can book a cruise. Or you can bring the cruise to your backyard with this sand and water table, which has a spiral water slide, a swimming pool, and a springboard. All for toy figures, not actual kids.
First off, we love the umbrella, a no-brainer for an outdoor toy. Second, we’re into the fact that this water table has dual-sided play and can hold 40 pounds of sand. There’s a ton of activities for your kids, and their cruising toys.
This sand sifter is great for the beach, or your backyard. It has a variety of layers to funnel, tip, spin and sift sand (or water).
Kids two and up pour sand or water or both through this tower. This toy encourages exploration and helps develop hand-eye coordination. Who knew something as simple as sand and sea creature buckets could be this great?
Think of this as an elevated sandbox for your yard. It's hours of sand-digging good times, and it comes with a lid and elastic tie-downs to keep the sand clean and dry.
It’s an undisputed fact that kids love sand. Now, they can play for hours in this elevated sandbox, which comes with shovels, claw rakes and a bucket. It can hold up to 40 pounds of sand, which is a lot of sand.
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