My youngest daughter recently turned two, and we struggled to decide what to get her for a 'main' present, as she more often than not just plays with whatever big sister is! We have hundreds of barbies, babies, and lego, so I figured something different this year would be great. Praying that we have a lovely summer this year I opted for this water wheel play table in the hope that they can get as wet as they want without drenching my house (bath time has on a few occasions resulted in the ceiling below the bathroom leaking!).
I managed to find this table on Amazon which I was really chuffed about as I had saved £30 worth of Dooyoo miles and converted to Amazon vouchers. With postage and packaging, I ended up paying roughly £40 for the table and was quite happy with the price, as a recent trip to Toys R Us had shown me some expensive alternatives.
Once the water table arrived I was quite excited and to be honest I wanted to play with it! It required a quick assemble which was very straight forward as the legs simply slot firmly into the main body of the table. We then filled the water table full of water ready for my daughter to see it the next morning on her birthday. As we knew her birthday wasn't due to be a nice day, I had to leave it inside and placed it on top of several towels in the kitchen as I knew the next morning would be chaos! I wouldn't recommend this for indoor use!
Once my daughter had started playing with it, we could see straight away how successful this toy was going to be in our house. We hadn't really noticed the height of it before now, but we realised it was perfect height for toddlers and young children and 2 or 3 children can happily play at the same time.
The table comes with two little sail boats (one of which has broken already - 3 weeks later), a water jug and a reservoire which has small holes in the bottom and gently spins a water wheel around as the water spills out. I found these toys more than enough to keep them amused but we also added some little animal squirters and some rubber ducks just to keep their attention going that little bit longer! One side of the water table is deeper than the other, as it has a small shallow pool and then a slide area which leads to the deeper area. I liked this detail as its just a little something extra.
The only downside for me with this table is there is no plug at the bottom to get rid of the water once the children have finished playing with it. I find that when I tip it over in the garden, it's not the easiest of manoevures and could really have benefited from having a plug.
Although we have only had this water table for three weeks, it does seem to clean really easily (on a few occasions I have left water in over night after a late evening play, and it's gone a bit slimey). I mentioned earlier that one of the boats have broken, and although the sail has snapped and it wasn't the strongest piece of plastic, I would imagine this is down to our boisterous next door neighbour! lol. Blame someone elses kids - thats what I say! The table seems sturdy and safe at all times.
I would only recommend using this table for water, I wouldn't recommend using it as a sand table as although it is the perfect height for water, I think it's too high for sand and would invariably lead to small children getting sand in their eyes after a little too much excitement.
All in all a great water table that would have benefited from having a plug!
We bought this for our younger daughters first birthday. She and her older sister (2.5 years) absolutely love playing with it. It's a great height - not too tall for the younger, and not too small for their older friends either. There's plenty of room for 2 or 3 kids to play at the same time - the split level pools are a great idea, and the kids love pouring water through the wheel so things get washed down the ramp to the lower pool.vvBecause of the different levels and waterwheel, there is something to keep older kids amused too.
The table is really sturdy and feels like it will last forever- and was surprisingly easy to put together - even my husband managed it without breaking it! A jug and two boats were included, and the waterwheel just slots into place.
This brings me on to the (only slightly) negative aspects - the waterwheel is very easily knocked over, which is the source of much annoyance for my 1 year old. Also, we have a step2 sand pit, which comes with a rigid plastic cover which hooks on - that would be ideal for this, as stuff tends to get blown in or rain fills the pools etc.
Even these slight faults don't pull it down from a 5 star buy though
My son was bought this water table for his third birthday. I thought it was a very imaginative present.
We put the table together and I noticed how sturdy it was. It is made from thick plastic rather than the cheaper thinner plastic that many toys are made from. It was really quick to fill as it isn't really that big.
My son loved pouring the water through the waterwheel and playing with the boats. We got two boats and the jug to pour the water with included in the pack.
My son is now 5 and the table is still going strong, despite being left outside over 2 winters (and two wet summers!).
All in all I would say this is a quality toy, well made and one that my son has loved playing with. I really cannot think of any disadvantages and would not hesitate to recommend to anybody.
I bought this water play table on the very first day of the Summer holidays 2008 - it was at the bargain price of £12 at a big Tesco store, however even at the current price of £24.99 at Toys R Us (similar on Amazon) this play table is an excellent buy.
I should confess that when I bought it I seriously considered hiding it from my husband expecting a "why on earth have you bought them another lump of plastic?" but even he thinks it is a good item, and the children loved it straight away - phew!
What you get:
When I first opened the box I was a little disappointed as the table came in pieces, which had to be assembled and didn't look anything special. Once assembled, however, it looked a lot better. You get a water wheel with a detachable water reservoir, a pourer and two little sail boats. The table is made of moulded plastic which is not very thick but probably about the thickness of a tupperware box.
As you can see from the picutre there is a top shallower part of the table and then a water shute to a deeper part of the table.
There isn't a cover, but the table is lightweight when empty of water so can be easily upturned when not in use. You could use the table for sand if you wished. There is no plug in the bottom of the table so, after play, you have to empty it by tipping the table over, though generally in our house there is not too much water left after the table has been played with!
The Table in Use:
The play value of this table is excellent - it is not so high that the youngest toddler can't reach it, 42cm by my measurement, but big enough that my 5 year old still plays with it.
This is an fantastic and popular toy - obviously children love water, but all the elements of this play table work - they love pouring water into the water wheel and using the little pourer. The boats are great fun too for floating or pushing down the chute.
Of all the more expensive and varied outdoor toys we own this is my two and a half year old's favourite, and has been for a long time, she would even play with it in Winter when it is rather too cold to be playing with water toys outdoors! The play value of this toy is much enhanced by using it with a watering can and other little boats you may have. We have also had great fun adding ice and food colouring to the water.
Whenever the children go in the garden they always play with this.
Wear and Tear:
The table is a lot more durable than it looks at first glance - the plastic isn't very thick but it has worn well, though it needs a good scrub now and then. The little boats have not fared as well - I think one is missing a sail, but for an item that was played with all last Summer and already quite a lot this year it has worn well - we didn't actually put it inside over Winter and it is fine, you would think it was quite new. It is a pity in a way it doesn't come with a cover, but then you probably want to empty it after every use anyway.
Would I recommend?
Having seen my children's play table in action a couple of my friends have gone on to buy the same table, and I would recommend this toy. I think it would make a fantastic first birthday present for a Summer baby. I actually prefer this table to the ELC version which my child has played with elsewhere as I like the fact that it is circular and that the waterwheel sits snugly in its housing.
Overall this is a well designed children's toy that has been played with for hours and hours so highly recommended!
(also on ciao in my name)
Falling water action encourages creative exploration and cause and effect learning. Imaginative water play centrre encourages hours of outdoor fun. Child pours water into the wide funnel activating the water wheel which spills into the inner and outer harbours. Two moulded-in sections function as canals, moats, lakes, harbours and more.