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Brand: Asda / Type: Sand and Water Table

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      25.06.2013 20:28
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      4 stars

      I bought this from Asda for the grandchildren when it's sunny. I bought it when it was on offer and managed to get it for a third of the price at £10 rather than £15. I think I would probably have still spent £15 on it as i was looking for something like this so getting £5 off was a bargain.

      If you are looking for an exciting sand pit this isn't it but I just wanted something small that wouldn't take up too much space in the garden for the children to enjoy and I thought this would be best as it's a table and not a pit. I find with the pit at the children's centre my grandson sits in it and the other children struggle to play too because he is in the way! So a table is best for us.

      It has two compartments so you can put sand in one side and water in another. It has legs to raise it up off the ground. It is very light so that means I can easily put it back in the garage after they have played with it which is great, however, it also means it's quite flimsy. My grandson is a climber and likes to try to get into the sand! I have to watch him so carefully as if he tries to climb onto this he could easily fall and the table could topple over. Also, my granddaughter has leant on it whilst playing and it nearly tipped up too so it's not just climbing that can make it topple so this is a downside.

      The height of it is great, my 4 year old granddaughter tends to kneel down whereas my little grandson who is 18 months stands upright and can reach in without a problem. It is really good for that.

      The compartments are only small, you won't get lots of sand toys in here.

      Having said that the size hasn't bothered my grandchildren, they are quite happy with a spade and some stones to bury and dig up within the sand so this size is just fine for them.

      I put it away every evening so it doesn't get dirty or blow away if it's windy! It's easy enough to carry because it's light and it remains clean that way too.

      The sand I bought was actually from tesco and cost £2.99 for a very large bag.

      I'm glad I bought this as they enjoy playing with it and the sand. It is not the best quality, I can definitely see it's negative points but I make sure I am supervising them whilst playing with it to deter any potential mishaps from occurring!

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        29.07.2012 14:10
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        Good enough for our garden!

        This is a review of the sand and water table bought as a present for my Daughter from her Nana before the hot spell of weather started.

        We made an immediate decision to not use sand in the table just yet so have stuck to water in both sides of the table, which is separated into two compartments.

        As my daughter is only just over one and a half she is still a bit daft and has no common sense so it's just easier with water as it dries and won't hurt her if she drinks it.

        The table is 18 inches high and 18 inches wide and a perfect height for her to play with. We have an assortment of ladles and paddles and containers to use with the water and she will literally obsess with it for ages. We have the table, paddling pool and a bucket and she transfers water between the three sites.

        When not in use there is a plastic lid for the table that sits inside the lip of the lid comfortably. My daughter loves putting the lid on and taking it off. It is good for keeping the bugs out but I do change the water in the table every day anyway - I use the old stuff for watering the plants. A couple of days ago the daughter climbed on and in to the table and had a wee in the water (we are trying to potty train her!) which was funny and gross at the same time.

        Parent's confession: I have found a better use for this table. I find that it makes an ideal foot soaker in the garden, with the right height conservatory chair I can stick a foot in each hole in the table and cool off. This may sound a bit strange but bear in mind I am six months pregnant too so it's good to take the weight off my feet for a bit! My daughter likes to sit on my knee and stick her feet in too (but I prefer to not do this just after she weed in it!) so it's a nice communal activity. My parents think it is funny but I prefer to think of it as making the most of this hot weather without actually getting wet clothes or having to change.

        My thoughts
        This table is a bit garish in colour at yellow, orange and green and it's a bit cheap and cheerful. The legs seem fairly solid though so I can imagine it will last a few years for us and certainly during the time we have young kids that want to play with it. Whether we will move on to sand yet, I don't know as it kind of screws up my foot soak theory and I have big feet so can only fit one in each side.

        Final word
        I am aware that the normal price is £15 which is really top whack for this quality of item. There are sales and three for two offers that usually spring up if you are prepared to wait so it's best to bide your time before purchasing. It was a great gift though and one we have had plenty of use from so far and all enjoyed using so I am happy to recommend this play table to fellow garden dwellers or foot soakers.

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          28.04.2012 12:27
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          An excellent toy for the garden.

          My mum whilst in my local Asda wanted to get my son something for playing with in the garden when she came across this sand and water table priced at £15. I have noticed that this gets reduced to £7.50 near the end of the season and sometimes even lower so it's worth keeping an eye out for. The table comes packaged in a box with a picture of the product on the front. You have to assmeble the legs onto the table but this is exceptionally easy so nothing to worry about there.

          I find that the table stood nice and steadily on my slabs without wobbling around and being a pain to play in which was great. I also like the size of this table (18 inches high by 18 inches wide) as it's not too big for toddlers and pre-school children to play with. The table is made from plastic which doesn't feel particularly thick but it doesn't seem to thin either. I think the colours really appeal to young children, they tray is bright yellow and the legs bright orange with a lime green lid which fits perfectly over the water and sand compartments. The tray is split into two segments, one to hold the sand and one to hold the water which has a plug in the bottom to allow you to easily remove the water from the tray. Of course if you wanted you could easily have just sand or just water or two sections of the same material, I tend to just have sand in one and water in the other. My son has lots of sand moulds but I do find that this tray is a little small as it is more deep than wide so he can't play with them all or make lots of shapes at any one time.

          I store mine in the shed and this year when I took it out to wash all the toys over I found that it was still in perfect condition and he'll be able to have plenty of fun with it for the second summer running (weather permitting of course!). I also like that this table doesn't use a lot of sand at any one time. I put around ¼ of a bag of sand in the sand section and found that this was more than enough for my son to play with but wasn't too much that it was spilling all over the place. Ever once in a while it needs a small top up but nothing major. I found that the bag of sand I purchased last year still has around half the bag left which is excellent value I think when he played with it so often.

          It does feel a little thin and cheap but it has lasted well and for the price you can;t really expect too much. I am extremely happy with this table, my son loves it and it is easy to keep clean, sits well and has a lid to prevent rain and any bugs getting inside. Definitely a worthwhile purchase.

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          29.07.2011 01:37
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          Would not recommend this one!

          My daughters love playing with the sand and water table at home and in nursery. Last summer my mother had the kids around at her house a lot because i was working. I bought some garden toys to keep at her house, I didn't want to spend alot of money as we have the more expensive little tykes toys at our home and its was just a few bits and bobs to keep them entertained.

          I bought the Asda sand and water table instore price at £15.00.
          The table was packaged in a box with the picture on the outside and had a plastic carry handle.

          It was easy to set up the sand and water table, its basically ready built in the box and I only needed to push the legs into place. The sits nice and steady on the grass and on the paving slabs.
          Asda sand and water table is made from thin plastic. It is bright yellow with orange legs and a bright green plastic lid for the top of the table.

          Asda sand and water table is ideal for toddlers and pre school aged children. Asda sand and water table measures around 18 inches in height and 18 inches wide.
          The table is made up of two compartments, one for water and one for sand. In the bottom of each tray their are plastic plugs these are small and can be pushed out from underneath the table, the water and sand can be drained out quickly.

          The green lid is plastic and sits inside the rim of the sand water table. The lid is good as you can use it as a normal table for sitting doing colouring in, drawings and my girls even play with the play doh on it.
          However as a lid to keep the rain out it didn't work very well. Although the lid looks as if it fits and will keep the sand dry the rain water actually gets in because the lid sits on the rim inside the table where the water gathers and after a bnight of rain there was puddle inside the table sitting on the wet sand. Just a design fault because if the lid was sitting over there would be no issues with the rain getting in.

          My girls had sand and water in the table from the day we bought it. They have loads of little sand moulds and a water wheel that fit inside the table that keep them entertained without these extra toys the sand and water would be boring. After the sand got wet I had to hose the rest of it out of the table because it could drain due to it being wet and almost hard.
          They now use it for just water witch they have just as much fun with. My girls play with this table every time they visit my mum.

          The sand and water table was put away for winter last year and in the four months it sat in the garden the sun had colour damaged the plastic however that's not effected the play at all and still sitting in my mums garden now.

          £15.00 for a sand and water table is cheap and it has lasted two years now. My girls still enjoy playing with the table and love skidding in the water using their water squirter toys and water wheel. My only disappointment was the rain water getting in and ruining the sand.

          Not recommended there are better sand and water tables to buy with proper lids.

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            19.05.2011 12:38
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            Great value for money sand and water table

            My nephew absolutely loves playing outdoors but with a small garden he's really restricted to playing in the flower beds with the muck or splashing in water so this year we decided to get him a sand pit. We wanted something that would preferably be off the ground and come with a lid because we didn't want the neighbourhood cats getting into it so at £15, the ASDA Sand and Water Table met our requirements.

            Compared to similar tables, the ASDA one comes in at half the price but unfortunately this is reflected a bit in the quality. The main yellow part to the table is actually very sturdy and has a good thickness to the plastic, the orange legs slotting easily into place but the green lid doesn't have a very snug fit and isn't quite level. On opening our table we also found a small hole in one of the plugs which meant sand or water would escape but it would have been more costly to take it back to ASDA for a replacement so just fixed it ourselves with some glue to clog the hole.

            The table is quite compact (23" long x 16.5" wide x 15" high) but considering the size of our garden, it's perfect. There's the option of having both pits filled with either water or sand or one of each. Rather than dive straight into having one of each we decided to fill both pits with sand switching to water when the weather was hot. This meant we also had to buy Play Sand. These were an additional £3 for 10kg at ASDA.

            My nephew loves it. At first we didn't have any buckets or spades for him to play with but he was very content just digging around with his hands. He then would bring some cars and diggers out to play in it as well as empty plant pots. These were a great size but the holes in the bottom didn't help when he was trying to build castles. The play sand is dry though so requires water if planning on building castles. Each pit is a good depth and it is possible to build a castle with a bucket you'd normally take to the beach although this would require taking the sand from one pit and putting the castle in the other. Rather than the pits being one level, there are a few shelves at the corners so nephew usually has a car or digger sitting there if he's using sand or a rubber duck if there's water in it.

            The table is suitable for ages 3+. My nephew is 2 and a half and while the kids on the box can be seen kneeling at the table, nephew will stand quite happily as the pits are a bit too deep if he's kneeling over it. My niece is 1 year old and the table is definitely too big for her but we should get a few years use out of it considering how changeable the weather is so might not get used as much as we'd like. As with most toys, we always supervise if nephew is playing with it.

            The table isn't a replacement for a paddling pool but does make a good alternative if it's not quite warm enough for him to be in his swimming shorts getting soaked. Don't get me wrong, he'll still get himself soaked but with all his clothes on when there's water in the pits. It doesn't take too much water to fill them, you know that it's not stale water and you can put warm water in rather than freezing cold. Again toys wise, he's got balls and ducks he loves splashing around with. We just have to make sure he doesn't start throwing stones in as he usually enjoys doing to keep the water clean.

            The plugs do a good job at keeping the sand/water in the pits. They're very hard to pull out directly from the top, far easier to push them up from the bottom but when you've got water in them, this can create quite a soaking. It's very handy for filtering the sand into a bucket to be used again rather than trying to pour it from a corner.

            Storing the table is very easy because of its compact size. It's easy enough to keep the sand in it and just remove the legs and store in the shed or keep the legs on. If there's no sand/water in it, the legs will fit inside under the lid so easy enough to store in the house too.

            The table can also be used as a table although it's at a difficult height so a chair won't fit under it but with the lid on the child can kneel at it and draw or paint. As I mentioned earlier though the lid does wobble about a bit and it's not completely flat with slight diamond indentations but these don't cause too much trouble when drawing pictures. If using it as a table, it's easy enough to store paper and pens in too and easy to wipe clean if using paint.

            This is a basic table - others do have accessories with them but I don't think nephew is really bothered. He's got plenty of toys and buckets and spades from his previous holidays so he's never stuck for things to cover with sand or find out if things float in water. The most disappointing thing with it was opening it up to find the hole in the plug but easily fixed. It's a great compact size, definitely benefits from having a lid even if it's not perfect and can be used as a table if wanted so for £15 it is good value for money.

            Available in store and at Asda Direct
            Price: £15
            Age range: 3+

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