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Last year I wanted to incorporate a wet play area into our garden, although we have a paddling pool, it was not always warm enough for this to be out, plus it take too long to fill so I decided to buy some sort of water tray.
After doing lots of research I opted for the Little Tikes Anchors Pirate Ship Anchors Away Playset.
Unlike a lot of toys, this didn't really require a lot of assembly, there was about 5 separate parts and the instructions were really easy to follow.
All the screws etc were included, we just needed a few screw drivers and spanners which we have plenty of!
This basically a water play tray but the tray is in the shape of a boat. The boat itself is pale brown in colour, the legs are really chunky and a dark brown. This all sounds a bit boring but it is inside the boat that the fun begins.......................
On the sides of the boat there are different activities:
- There is a bright red slide (for the two pirates to slide down which are included in the item)
- At the back of the boat there is a moving steering wheel (I think that's what you call in on a pirate ship).
- The mast in the centre measure about 1 meter high, with a crows nest at the top, this has lots of different levels with different 'spinners' on which makes the water splash in all different directions in the bottom tray giving the effect of a water currents in. This is either operated by pouring water in the top or by turning it on (the button to turn on is on the base of the mast) which will provide a constant stream of water.
- In another corner there is a water cannon, simply operate by pressing the pressure pad on top (this can be quite hard for little ones to operate as a lot of pressure in needed, Lauren has to do it two handed)
- Near the front of the boat there is a big yellow plastic anchor, this can be lowered by turning a handle on the side.
- Also included are 2 x pirates, buckets, a life boat, a whale (which squirts water), a scoop and a strainer
The product requires 4 x C batteries (which weren't included), this is purely to operate the constant running water from the mast but you can still have loads of fun with the item without these.
Once assembled, the product measures around L 102 x W 71 x H 79
Little Tikes have been established since 1970 and known throughout the industry for selling high quality and innovative products. The brand is well known throughout the industry and the world.
All products come with a 1 years manufacturers guarantee but what I like most about Little Tikes is they offer a spare parts service so should you need to replace anything, you can replace the damaged item rather than having to buy a complete new product (although we have never had any cause to use with any of their products).
*Price & Availability:*
The RRP is around £74.99. I brought mine from Amazon but it is also available from The Entertainer, ELC, Tesco etc.
I am really impressed with the product, it is really well made and has lots of different parts to entertain children.
Since Lauren started watching Jake & The Never Land Pirates, she loved getting the little figurines to walk the plank or squirt water at them.
This is recommended for 2 to 6 years so I was a little late purchasing for Lauren! She is quite tall for age so does have to bend slightly when playing but she doesn't seem too concerned with this, sometimes she will get a chair and sit at the side and I think as she gets bigger, she will kneel at the sides as she does with some of her other toys she may have started to outgrow.
What I like most about the product is because it is so big, when we have friends around, several children can fit around it at once and there is plenty of room to play (without arguments!)
I would definitely recommend this product it is very well made, hours of fun and every penny!
5 out of 5 stars!
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This boat shaped water play table includes a crow's nest, waterfall, winding anchor, cannon and jolly pirate figures. Age range: From 2 years.