On the hunt for a fabulous kids' sand and water table in Australia?
You're in the right place!
Given Australia's climate, water tables get loads of use all year, and they're a brilliant way for Aussie kids to dive into sensory play. But with so many options out there, it can be hard to choose one.
Our handy guide below should help point you towards the right product based on the features you're looking for, your budget and your outdoor space.
What is a Sand and Water Table?
Most of the sand and water tables in Australia are either wooden or plastic, and are designed to hold both sand and water (or sometimes just water) for lots of fun, sensory activities.
Some come with toys, spinners, fountains and other accessories for kids to tinker with; others are more basic in their approach, encouraging pure imaginative play.
Wooden Sand and Water Table
Wooden Sand and Water Picnic Table ($124.46)
The Wooden Sand and Water Picnic Table functions as both a play table and regular table. All you need to do is lift the lid from the table and you've got separate water and sand areas for hours of play.
Plum Play Sandy Bay Sand and Water Table ($169)
The Plum Play Sandy Bay Sand and Water Table is actually a set of nesting play tables! Slide one under the other when not in use, or have them both in play at once. This is a great option for people with minimal outdoor space.
Plum Build & Splash Wooden Sand and Water Table ($79.15)
For a very compact wooden option the Plum Build & Splash Wooden Sand and Water Table is brilliant. It can be used as either a sand table or a water table - or both! This is also a convenient option for people will little outdoor space.
Sand and Water Table With Umbrella
Sand and Water Table With Umbrella ($69.95)
Somewhat cheaper, but with loads of value is the Sand and Water Table with Umbrella from eBay. At less than $100, it offers sensational value for a table with 26 accessories AND sun protection!
Pirate Ship Sand and Water Table
Water and pirates go hand in hand, and we all know that when the pirate phase kicks in (which it inevitably will), kids cannot get enough of them! As far as pirate-themed water tables go in Australia, there are some crackers out there that will suit all budgets.
Pirate Ship and Water Table ($46)
At Catch you'll find the very affordable Pirate Ship Sand and Water Table with a water wheel, loads of free space for play, and 20 pieces. It measures around 60 centimetres in length. Love that sail!
Little Tikes Anchors Away Pirate Sand and Water Table ($179)
The Little Tikes Anchors Away Pirate Sand and Water Table is perhaps the most coveted table among the pirate-loving little ones, and it's not hard to see why! This table a central mast with a continuous flow of water, spinners, a crows nest, even a handle for lowering the anchor! It measures around one metre long, so it's brilliant for groups of kids to enjoy at once.
Paw Patrol Water Table
Step2 Paw Patrol Water Table ($129)
The Step2 Paw Patrol Water Table needs a mention here because, well - PAW PATROL! This table includes three Paw Patrol figurines, a water launcher, a lookout tower (of course), and a water slide. If you have Paw fanatics in your life, this is the table for you!
Cheap Sand and Water Table
Kmart Sand and Water Play Table ($25)
The Kmart Sand and Water Table is one of the best value options around. It includes buckets, accessories and tools, and it's perfectly sized for tots at 61 x 41 centimetres.
Kids' Sand and Water Table Play Set ($45.95)
The Kids' Sand and Water Table Play Set includes three working water wheels! This table has two large, separate play zones for water and sand and comes with 23 accessories that kids will plenty of use out of.
Sand and Water Activity Play Table Set With Chair ($69.95)
The Sand and Water Activity Play Table Set includes a chair, which very few other sand and water tables do. Features include a bridge, turrets, tunnels and a large working water wheel, so this one is definitely going to appeal to the lovers of fairy tales! The play table also has a lid, so it can be used as a regular table as well!
Little Tikes Sand and Water Table
Little Tikes makes some of the most popular and fun sand and water tables around, so it definitely deserves its own mention here.
Little Tikes Fountain Factory Water Table ($139)
The Fountain Factory Water Table is spectacular water table has heaps of pipes, fittings and fountains - it's going to get used to bits over the warmer months!
Little Tikes Sandy Lagoon ($129)
The Little Tikes Sandy Lagoon is a great size and actually comes with two characters (similar to Fisher-Price Little People). There are water slides, diving boards and a plastic cover to keep the sand clean and dry when not in use.
At what age do kids start playing with sand and water tables?
Most tables are recommended for use from around 18 months, but it generally depends on how high the table is and how many small parts are included as to when you start using one. Check the recommended guidelines for each individual table.
How do I drain and clean a sand and water table?
Most good plastic sand and water tables come with a plug hole, so to drain the table you need only position the table in a place with good drainage and pull the plug.
Plastic tables are usually easy to rise out with a hose or bucket, and can be wiped clean.
Wooden tables aren't as easy to clean out, and will likely require you to use a bucket or container to empty. (On the flip side, wooden tables are more resilient against our harsh Aussie sun.)
Does your little one have a sand and water table they love? Tell us about it in the comments below!