Thursday, November 6, 2014

Step2 Sand and Water Table Review

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Today we're participating in the 2014 Kids Holiday Wish List: Reviewed.  With five kids, we've had a LOT of toys go through our house.  For the most part, these toys are played with for a week or two and then find themselves lost under the beds or the bottoms of their toy boxes never to be seen from again.  Unless they make noise, which means that they'll inevitably go off every time I try to sneak into their rooms!
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Two years ago, my youngest son received a Step2 Adjustable Sand and Water Table for his first birthday and it has been a huge hit with all of the kids.  This is a great toy for multiple kids to play with at the same time and has kept my kids entertained for hours on end!
DELIVERY AND ASSEMBLY
We ordered our table from Amazon and it arrived within a few days.  It took about 10 minutes to put together.  Some reviewers recommend a power drill to assemble, but I was able to easily assemble this myself with just a screwdriver.  The table is a large rectangle 2 feet wide by 3 1/2 feet long with adjustable legs.  The legs adjust between 16 inches and 20 inches.  While it's fairly simple to adjust the height, it does require unscrewing and re-screwing all four legs so it is not something you will want to do daily.

Pros:
  • The table is made of durable plastic to withstand years of play (If you are familiar with the Cozy Coupe or Fisher Price picnic tables, you know what I'm talking about!)
  • Removable umbrella provides shade for much of the table
  • Drain spouts on both sides allow for water to easily be drained from both sides
  • Lightweight material makes it easy to tip sand (or other materials) out of the table for easy cleaning.
  • Includes 2 pots, 2 boats, 2 bridges, and a shovel for sand and water play
  • Large enough for multiple children to play together
  • Durable plastic lid with tie-downs keeps sand clean and dry
Cons:
  • The umbrella is a little low for older children to fit comfortably underneath, but opens and closes easily
  • (Not really the table's fault but...) Sand and Water play together is a MESS.  I personally recommend using the table for sand OR water if playing with multiple children, but just be prepared for a mess if you choose to do sand and water together.
  • Does not fold for storage.  We keep ours on our covered deck year round for sensory play and LOVE it!   
  • Don't expect the ties to keep kids from getting into the table.  My 2-year-old quickly figured out how to open them!
AGE RECOMMENDATIONS
The Manufacturer recommends this for ages 2-15.  My Daycare Toddlers love it and start playing on it around 18 months, with supervision.  I would recommend it for ages up to 6.  My 8-year-old still plays on it with his brothers but has to bend over or pull up a chair.
Shell Names - Beach Sensory Activity and Homemade Sand Recipe - Mamas Like Me

OTHER USES:
Of course this makes an awesome sand and water table, but we've also used it for various sensory bins including:
Acorns
Rice
Beans
Pasta
Oatmeal
Homemade Sand



We've also used this during parties as a water gun refilling station and it makes a great drink station by filling it with ice and juice boxes.

If you're ordering this for a gift, I would also recommend a few accessories to get the most out of your table, including:
Learning Resources Helping Hands Fine Motor Tool Set
Beach Set in Bag

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