“ Brand: Argos / Type: Water Toys „
One of my sons birthdays are in April and the year before last on his 3rd birthday he got a sand and water table from his nanna.
I have had these tables in the past for my elder two boys and they always had lot's of enjoyment out of them, so I knew that this would get plenty of use.
In my previous house we had a large front garden so this was kept there and whenever the weather was nice I would get this ready for my son to play with.
The table we have is plastic, the legs are orange, the actual sand/water bit is lime green and it comes with a handy blue lid. It is square(ish) in shape although the bits where the sand and water go are 2 half circles.
The table is now in the back garden and I will often move it around depending on where my son wants it, sometimes he has it down on the patio, other times he wants it on the grass, either way when empty it is really easy to move.
I have found that one bag of play sand is plenty enough to fill this sand table and at times we have used sand in both sides.... I much prefer this!
When used with sand and water you can expect a big gloopy mix of wet sand and sandy water!
This table came with a few accessories like fish and crab shaped molds and a small bucket, spade and sieve.
All of my boys have played with this at some point, my eldest likes to make sand pies to throw around! Nice!
It is still in great condition and shows no signs of wear and tear even after being outside in all weathers for 2 years. The colours are still nice and bright and haven't faded at all.
The lid however isn't much use, it does keep out any bugs etc. but is useless for keeping out rain water. I now store this on it's side so it doesn't fill up with the rain!
I think my mum paid around £25 for this and in my opinion it is worth this and more. It has a nice height so my son isn't stooped over and he loves it.
Outdoor fun is essential for a child and this piece of apperatus is great. I have found children love sand and water and mixed together is a bonus in their eyes even if it turns out messy for us.
The first time I saw this it was at my sons nursery and when they had their play time all the children used to be surrounding it. So my farther invested in one for his garden. I am not sure who got more fun out of it my son or his grandfather.
It stood just over half a meter tall on 4 yellow legs, with a green tray on top that is split diagonally in 2 halves. One side is for sand the other side is for water. There is a plug in the bottom so that the water can be let out of it.
It came with a green plastic cover so that you can cover it at night so when it rains the sand will not get ruined. It also came with some sand toys a spade a rake and some castle building shapes.
We have had ours for 4 years now and It is still in good condition their is no sand in it now but you can buy this for £4 from the big asda stores or argos which is a little more expensive.
This is a fun outdoor toy that can be played with by more than one child at a time. This costs about £12.99 which is not a bad price either.
***SHELL SAND AND WATER TRAY***
Before I review this product I would like to tell you the circumstances it was used for. My parents owned a nursery for children from 3 months up to about eight years however older children did come during the holidays. Unfortunately we had to move house due to work changes and me and my sister moving schools.
During the summer the children loved playing outside and who can blame them with the garden which was half an acre of open land (don't worry it could all be seen so children did not go missing!). Now my father decided to purchase a plastic tub and fill it with sand. He then built a stand for it to be put on which sloped downwards so smaller children could play at one end and taller children at the other without having to bend down or stretch up. We also purchased a large water tub which was about two and half metres by one and half metres which had a variety of toys, different sections, watermills and waterfalls. It wasn't too tall so most children could reach approximately when they reached one and half. We also had three paddling pools for the older children but these were large for children who could not walk or stand very well and therefore not suitable.
However that was great for the children who could reach but what about children who couldn't get stand? The children who couldn't sit could not play in the sand or water for obvious reasons. However there were some children who could just about walk and stand but were not very confident therefore the staff weren't too keen on letting them play with the water and sand tubs. My father thought carefully about this and decided to purchase this shell for those children especially since it provided a great experience.
This shell can be used at home or at a nursery. They are sometimes used at schools but not too often as the sand and water end up outside the shell as well as in! This shell allows for individual play and group play which can help develop a child's imagination and social skills.
~~~What does it look like?~~~
When folded together the plastic is moulded in the shape of a shell. It is a water blue colour which looks quite pleasant and stands out quite a lot against green grass. Our patio was red-brown and also stood out against that but it wasn't an eyesore after all it was in a children's nursery! The shells also fit into each other with both shells having a handle. This handle in the shape of a hand makes the shell easier to drag however I would recommend moving it before filling it. When unfolded it looks exactly like a shell when it has been broken into half. Each shell is 25cm deep, 100cm wide and 95cm long. The two parts of the shell clip together and they can be folded in and folded out to use.
~~~Where can I store it?~~~
When not in use it can be stored indoors however it is quite large. Also when storing one side must be empty. If both sides are empty it can be stored upright but if one side is full then it must be stored flat. It can be stored outside and the lid can be placed on top to keep whatever is inside dry and free from bugs. However if the wind is quite strong the top can blow off. Also water has the tendency to seep inside which can be incredibly annoying if you have sand inside. I do not recommend keeping it outside in the summer but during the summer it usually fine kept outside. We always kept ours inside during the winter and outside in the summer. During the summer we placed a waterproof over the top to stop water and bugs getting in. If you leave the water in without a cover lots of bugs fly in and then your child can not play in it. Luckily we could store it because the water was quite easy to empty and the sand was easily emptied by the children who regularly threw it out.
One side of the tray can be filled with water however I would recommend placing the tray where you want before filling it with water because it is quite hard to move after it has been filled. Various toys can be placed into the water section for the children to play with. Most of the time two children would play in the shell but with the younger children sometimes three would play and fit quite easily. You can also put plastic balls into the water shell for them to play with and other toys such as buckets, yellow ducks. Young children can also learn to interact with each other whilst playing in the water. Children can also become more confident with water and having fun in water. Many water toys can be bought and toys that are used in the baths can also be used. Slightly older children can also learn about things that float and sink. Children are very safe in the water section as long as they can sit up confidently however they must be watched at all times. We also often dyed the water different colours including green, blue, yellow and red which the children enjoyed a lot.
Sand has to bought separately as it is not included. However the sand is quite cheap at about £2.50 a bag. These sand bags can be bought from lots of shops such as Argos and Early Learning Centre. You must buy play sand because builder's sand is not suitable and not as safe. Also sand from the beach should not be used because it is not clean and pure sand whereas play sand is cleaned. The main reason play sand is needed is because you do not want other bits of material such as glass or brick or other dangerous substances in the sand. We used to sieve the sand before putting it in just to make it safe. Luckily the sand is quite cheap because at the nursery it was often thrown outside of the tub and shell. We had to buy more bags every two weeks but at the nursery there were lots if children playing with it and we had one large tub and the shell which is small in comparison. Not that much sand is needed to fill the shell so it isn't too expensive. Three children can fit into the sand pit but with lots of toys two children is the best number to have with lots and lots of toys. Once again children should be supervised at all times to avoid them eating sand or get it in their eyes. Children can also learn about different sizes such as castles and of course shapes.
~~~When the two mix...~~~
When some of the sand goes into the water section it's not too annoying because some of it can be taken out and it can be left without causing any difficulties and gives children a different sensation under their feet. Dry sand can be played with but is very difficult to shape, it falls as grains but children can have a lot if fun with this. So when a little water goes into the sand it makes it easier to shape. Children can then make shapes such as castles and learn about shapes. We also brought jelly moulds and placed them into the sand pit for children to makes other shapes. Spades, buckets and many other toys can be cheaply bought.
~~~What else can I place into the shell?~~~
Of course sand and water is not the only things you can place into the shell. One side can also be used rather than two. Things such as soft toys can be placed into the shell for children to play with. We also often placed plastic balls into the shell to make it into a ball pool which children enjoy very much. Whatever you place in children will play for hours and have great fun especially in the sand.
~~~Safety and durability~~~
The shell is made from a hard plastic therefore is very sturdy. It will not move whilst your child is in it. Also it is very strong but lightweight making it safe. It will not flip and hurt your child. Sometimes the plastic when filled with water can be slightly slippery but it is less slippery than a paddling pool. I think this product is very safe and we never had an accident with it and the children were always safe. It is very strong and does not wear down therefore it lasts for ages and we never had to buy another one. It is very long lasting.
~~~Where can I buy it from and how much for?~~~
You can buy it from a variety of shops such as Argos and Toys R Us however the colours may vary slightly. As I have already mentioned the sand can be brought from Argos and the Early Learning Centre. We brought it for £14.99 however it can be brought from as little as £9.99 so shop around.
I definitely recommend this as a child's first paddling pool and sand pit. It can be used for children up to the age of ten however at the age of ten I think they may be a little bored with it. I definitely recommend this product and hope you get as much out of it as the children in the nursery did.
This is a pretty good table despite what I said earlier about sticky messes. It is shaped like a square which is cut out on the top to provide a bowl effect. It is then split diagonally to provide two triangle shaped insets.
The idea in the Argos catolouge is to have sand in one side and water in the other but this for me was a huge no no after the first two times of using it. My kids just mixed the two up to the extent that nothing could be salvaged and we had to tip out and start again.
The rest of the table is really good and solid. The four legs which support it are thick and strong. My kids climb into the actual table and although they may lose their balance, the table has never rocked or gone to tip over.
It also comes with a plastic cover which is elasticated all the way round so it grips the edges of the table nicely and performs a nice snug fit. This keeps all the creepy crawlies out of it if you are leaving it out at night. This however can be a bit of a pig to get on sometimes though.
It also comes with a few plastic toys for the kids to play with, like some beakers with holes in the bottom. A little rake, spade and some sand shapers. These are pretty good for the little ones to use and fit inside the bowl bits of the table when not in use.
At the bottom of each section of the table there is a round plug which you pull out, allowing any water to be drained away. The only thing I found with this, is that if you have used sand, the plug hole is fairly large and quite a bit of the sand will go through too.
We brought this from Argos- obviously - for twenty pounds but looking in the catolouge today they no longer do this one, although there is one very similar but it is round with three sections in it.
The table we got would suit from about age 1 and a half up to as old as you like.
Although the sand and water combination was a complete mess to clean up if you don't mind that sort of thing the kids love the mix. Argos also sell the kids play sand which is lovely and soft for the kids to play with and it is roughly 2.50 per bag. One bag would fit one side of the table perfectly.
Hope you enjoyed the read.
I was very pleased with this product. I was going to buy a full sized sand box but then I saw this. I wanted something I could set up in the porch so it can be used when its raining, but it isn't to heavy when full to carry outside. I now fill both sections with sand as the temptation to mix it always ended up a mess. The sand toys that come with it are ideal and give him plenty to do although his favourite game is driving his cars in the sand. For a change I will put water in it. It is big enough for 2 kids but any more would be to much. Its ideal if you are limited for space or don't even have a garden.
Simply brilliant!! This table is split into two halves, both have plugs at the bottom for easy emptying. I tend to have half water/half sand, although it doesn't last for long once my 2yr old starts to play, he tends to mix them up, to make "sloppy sand". This table comes with its own cover, and even some play equipment, eg. spade, bucket, rake, watering can etc. A similar table in ELC sells for the same price, but then it doesn't include these items. The only thing needed to buy is the sand. When my son has finished playing, I simply empty the water by pulling out the plug, and then put the cover on. I leave the sand in. When I come to get it out again, I can lift the table if needed, and it doesn't weigh too much, in fact its quite light. I leave the table out on my patio, and its fine. My son loves it, I'm sure you're children will too.