The Step2 Splish Splash Seas Sand and Water Table is just one of several knock-out products that preschoolers (and even bigger kids) can't get enough of. Especially given Australia's climate, water tables get loads of use, and are a fabulous way for Aussie kids to dive into sensory play.
If you're after a water table, but not sure where to start looking, check out our handy guide below; it will point out the best options for you based on the features you're looking for, you budget and your outdoor space.
Types of Sand and Water Tables:
Most of the sand and water tables in Australia are either wooden or plastic. Some (particularly plastic options) come with toys, spinners, fountains and more accessories for kids to tinker with; others are more basic in their approach, encouraging pure imaginative play.
Wooden Sand and Water Tables
Wooden Sand and Water Picnic Table
The Wooden Sand and Water Picnic Table ($129) 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
The Plum Play Sandy Bay Sand and Water Table ($139.86) 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
For a very compact wooden option the Plum Build & Splash Wooden Sand and Water Table ($88.95) is brilliant. It'scan 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 Tables With Umbrellas
Step2 Splish Splash Seas Water Table
Perhaps the most popular (and coolest!) sand and water table that comes with a built-in umbrella is the Step2 Splish Splash Seas Water Table ($199.99). It's certainly at the more expensive end of the spectrum at nearly $200, but it definitely doesn't disappoint. It's got a fountain palm, diving boards and a water wheel, and it's bigger enough for several kids to enjoy at the same time.
Sand and Water Table With Umbrella
Somewhat cheaper, but with loads of value is the Sand and Water Table with Umbrella ($65) from the Oz Auction eBay store. At less than $100, it offers sensational value for a table with 26 accessories AND sun protection!
Pirate Sand and Water Tables
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
At Catch you'll find the very affordable Pirate Ship Sand and Water Table ($29.97).It has a water wheel, loads of free space for play, and it comes with 20 pieces. It measures around 60 centimetres in length. Love that sail!
Little Tikes Anchors Away Pirate Sand and Water Table
The Little Tikes Anchors Away Pirate Sand and Water Table ($169.99) is perhaps the most coveted table among the pirate-loving little ones, and it's not hard to see why! This table has incredible features like a central mast with a continuous flow of water, spinners, a crows nest, even a handle for lowering the anchor! The size of this table is its most redeeming feature, though. It measures around one metre long, so it's brilliant for groups of kids to enjoy at once.
Sand and Water Tables With Fountains or Water Wheels
Kids' Sand and Water Table Play Set With Chair
The Kids' Sand and Water Table Play Set ($45.95) includes three working water wheels! This table has two large, separate play zones for water and sand and comes with lots of accessories that kids will plenty of use out of.
Sand and Water Activity Play Table Set
The Sand and Water Activity Play Table Set ($49.95) is another popular one, particularly owing to the fact that it includes a chair, which very few other sand and water tables do. With such features as a bridge, turrets, tunnels and a large working water wheel, 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!
And let's not forget the Little Tikes Anchors Away Pirate Sand and Water Table and Step2 Splish Splash Seas tables mentioned above, which both include water fountains and/or wheels.
At what age do kids start playing with sand and water tables?
Most tables are recommended for use from around 18 months. It generally depends on how high the table is and how many small parts are included, so check each individual product to be certain.
What is the cheapest sand and water tables in Australia?
Kmart's Sand and Water Play Table is just $25! It's recommended from the age of three years and comes with a bucket and plenty of accessories. This one is quite small, so it's a great option if you have limited space outside, and if it's just for one child to use at a time.
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 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 harsh Aussie sun!)
Does your little one have a sand and water table they love? Tell us about it in the comments below!