Have I drilled it home yet that I’m totally all about water play? (Did you read last week’s Toy Tuesday post about our family’s wet-and-wild obstacle-course adventure?) Yeah, we like our water fun around these parts. What can I say? It’s summer—we want to play outdoors and keep ourselves cool as cucumbers. And, so, a water table, while not quite as action-packed as the Banzai Slip-and-Slide, still translates to tons of family-friendly fun.
The Little Tikes Anchors Away Water Pirate Ship is my water table of choice. It has a variety of different activities—so it’s great for solo use, sibling interaction, or group play dates. Everyone can “man” a corner of the ship and play the part of pirate—argh. The ship includes a squirting canon and shark for friendly water battles; and a super-neat spinner helps to create an underwater current that gently moves objects along the bottom. The water fountain keeps flowing—and there are lot of other features and figurines to keep little mateys amused.
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Water tables are great for babies and toddlers because they help encourage sensory play. You can fill them with cold water out of the house, use warm water with bubbles (cleans those filthy little paws too!), add ice-cubes, or try colored shaving cream. The options are pretty vast and endlessly entertaining.
I’ve rounded up my top six picks for water table fun (the last one is actually a totally amazing water wall). Get your pint-sized pirates in their swimsuits—and get ready for some splashing!
- Little Tikes Anchors Away Water Play Pirate Ship, $60/ 2. Step 2 Wild Whirlpool Water Table, $40/ 3. Step 2 Splish Splash Seas Water Table With Umbrella, $80/ 4. Step 2 Big Splash Water Park, $39/ 5. Little Tikes Fish ‘n Splash Water Table, $45/ 6. Step 2 Waterfall Discovery Wall, $60
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