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We bought this on sale at the end of last summer as we were told by my now four year old's nursery teacher that she really enjoys water play. Considering the fact that she comes home every day in a different outfit from what she's been dropped off at nursery in, due to drenching herself, I had no intentions of letting her play with this indoors, so put it away in the cupboard to be used this summer.
We had a few days of fair weather about a fortnight ago, so after much pestering from my daughter, brought this out for her and her two year old brother to play with. It was an absolute nightmare to put together. I'm not the most patient person in the world, but I can usually keep myself quite composed when it comes to assembling a child's toy. Not with this thing though, I was tempted on several occassions to throw it out the window. I actually cut myself at one point on the plastic at the bottom. There's a part of the assembly which involves attaching tubes to different parts for the water to be carried around the bottom of the table. This took forever, as the tubes aren't very generous in length and I found when I managed to attach one side of a tube, it would pop off when I was trying to attach the other end. This was very frustrating to say the least and I found myself wondering if anybody at Little Tikes had actually attempted to build this thing themselves. I couldn't manage to get two of the legs to click into place, and I'm not entirely sure that the one I did attach is actually in properly. So the table is actually sitting in my garden with the legs balanced under it, which works ok but wouldn't be ideal if I needed to move it around.
It comes with a boat and a car, which my two year old played with for all of about ten minutes, before wandering off to find something more exciting to play with, which was actually a relief as it's not really big enough for two children to play with. My daughter enjoyed playing with the water wheel, and the 3 pumps at the side, although I wouldn't say they did anything spectacular. It's a really shallow table, I feel it could have benefited from being quite a bit deeper.
It is colourful and does look nice in the garden, but one thing I will say is that I don't think it is of very good quality at all. Having been a fan of little tikes toys for four years I really feel that they have let themselves down. I usually feel that their toys are made of good quality, robust, child friendly plastic, but this was all sharp edges at the bottom and as I previously mentioned I did cut myself on this plastic while assembling it. I did obviously check to make sure there was nothing that could cause harm to either of my kids on any part of the table that they could access and was confident that they would be fine, but I still think it's poor that it wasn't exactly safe to assemble.
I can't completely fault it, as it has entertained my daughter for a few hours, but I honestly think we will be looking about for another for the summer. This one will be going to the dump for recycling as I wouldn't even want to burden another family with it. I'm glad we never paid full price for it, as I think that I'd have been more angry than disappointed.
I don't think it has put me off Little Tikes completely, as anything else I have had from them has been brilliant, but I think in future I will be looking around for display models before I make a purchase. I will definitely be looking at the reviews on this site to see if I can find a better alternative to this product.
My children got this last summer to keep them entertained in the garden.
It is a water table which comes with multiple activities and cost £32 from Argos although it is cheaper now. It is made by Little Tikes.
The table needs to be assembled at home and it is quite easy. It is a bright blue basin which stands on 3 brown legs. There are lots of brightly coloured objects in and around the basin. Its dimensions are L27xW28xH27 so it is quite a nice size yet it doesn't take over your garden!
Inside the basin are winding roads, a moat and a fountain.
The water table comes with a boat, car, bridge, pouring cups and a water tower with a water wheel on the side. It also comes with 3 bellows which are connected to tubing under the table. These can be used to squirt the boat round the moat, to push the bridge and to create a fountain in the centre of the table.
I wasn't very impressed with this water tray as I have always perceived Little Tikes to be a very good brand and this doesn't live up to the well known quality of their other products. It is made of a sturdy plastic but the legs don't attach very well to the hooks under the table. Each time the table is moved one leg always comes out and the others need to be adjusted. This can be very difficult especially when the basin is full of water!
The tubing underneath the table leaks slightly where it is attached to one of the bellow pumps. When attaching them they really need a lot of patience as they are quite fiddly. And although they are all attached properly we still have a drip from one.
The bellows themselves are good fun, they don't take much effort to create the water fountain, it is easy for small children, although my kids don't use the bellows to move the boat or the bridge. They prefer to use their hands.
This water tray has entertained my children no end, they love having messy water play and as long as we are outside it doesn't matter how wet they get! They love the water wheel, it's a shame there isn't another one as this is the main thing that they play with, they quickly lose interest in the boat and car.
I would recommend a water tray for young children but I wouldn't recommend this one, it does not meet with my expectations of the Little Tikes brand.
The Little Tikes Island Adventure Water Table usually retails for £39.99 but Toys R Us are selling it for £19.99 on offer at present. That's a pretty reasonable price for a water play table, as the el cheapo non-branded ones usually cost at least that much and don't even include any accessories.
There are a few reasons why this has been reduced to such a price though, as we quickly discovered. Firstly, this says it's suitable for children aged 2-6yrs, but in reality it's only suitable for those aged 4-6yrs old if they are happy to play huddled over the table. Kids can't kneel down to play on this because they then can't reach the pumps or water wheel. They can't stand up to play this easily unless they're at the bottom end of the recommended age range though. For the £40 retail price, I do think they could have included a set of leg extenders!
Also on the subject of the legs, I can't get them to slot into the base of the table and stay put. The table will rest on them, but not properly slot and hold them. This means that if the table is too vigorously bumped into during play, and yes this has happened to us already, then the legs will collapse underneath the table and the contents goes everywhere.
It's a real shame that this table has been so poorly made. The quality is thin, cheap and really quite shocking for the Little Tikes brand in general.
And yet the design ideas behind this toy are really great. The tree pumps connect to little hoses underneath the table, which draw on water and pump it back out again in three different ways. The water wheel is a great idea, and it works well even when it will stay put in it's slot in the table. The little drawbridge for the car (included) is a nice idea too, as is the roadway which runs around the edge of the table and winds through the middle too. There's a little boat included too.
This is a such disappointment. The ideas behind it are first rate, but it was obvious within an hour of setting it up why it had been available at such a low price. This is badly made, cheaply made, and at it's full recommended retail price - over priced too. I'm only giving it three stars because of the reduced price we paid and the fact that the grandson likes it when it isn't falling over.