I like it and so does my grandson, April 27, 2010
I bought this product for my 18 month old grandson and he LOVES it!!! Everytime he comes over he points out onto my patio where this is sitting and wants to go play with it. This is the one toy that keeps him occupied for more than ten minutes and we have a blast with it. Would highly recommend it!!!
Great Sand and Water Table, April 24, 2010
My toddler loves this table. He loves it so much that sometimes there is a huge meltdown when it's time to stop playing with it and go indoors. It is an excellent help to me - I can now get some yard work done while he plays. As for the table itself - it was pretty easy to assemble, but it has a leak at one of the attachment points for the legs. This leak is not a problem because it is slow and by the time the water runs out, it would have needed to be replaced anyway. It saves me having to actually drain the table. I am kind of surprised though, because I was sure to get all of the legs on tightly before putting in the screws.
The umbrella is a nice feature that we've used only once. I'm sure we will use it more when the weather is hotter. The lid is great for keeping the neighborhood cats out. The lid tie-downs are a little too tight - I can't fasten both of them, just one. I might replace one with a looser piece of elastic. I wish it had a drain on both sides. A lot of water ends up on the sand side, and I have to get it back over to the water side, which is annoying.
The best recommendation for this table might be from our neighbors, who said they wished they had bought this table instead of the one their children currently have.
great summer toy so far, April 15, 2010
After much internet research, I went with this sand and water play table over several others, and I have been very happy with my choice. However, I do not have anything to compare to as this is our first (and hopefully last) sand/ water purchase. My daughter is 21 months.
1) it is off the ground, which keeps it (and the child) a bit cleaner. Also safer with little ones, as they can't fall into it and drown. The pattern of roads through the water side also ensure they can't get their heads underwater.
2) The lid fits on well, and is secure even in storms.
3) the water side has a plug and is easy to drain. We've had no leaks, and we didn't even screw the legs on, just popped them in.
4) the umbrella is great, the height can be adjusted and it keeps her mostly in the shade all day.
5) the little enclosed toys are a perfect size for the sand and the water.
6) a perfect size for smaller children such as mine, though I suspect older children would find it a bit too small. Several children can be around it, we have had 4 year old visitors who loved it, and we have managed up to 4 children easily.
1) the sand and water WILL mix, and you will spend a lot of time emptying the water side and refilling it with clean water.
2) need to store the umbrella - not a big deal but my daughter likes to wave the detachable pole around like a sword if I leave it under the table.
3) there is a tendency to tip the sand onto the floor, I guess if you are 2 and you have a shovelful of sand, you want to experiment with gravity, but it is messy!
4) pretty low table for an adult
Things that might help
1) matchbox cars fit the roads perfectly. Little kids soft tonka toys (those cute soft plastic ones with the faces) do not. This was a bit upsetting to my daughter as she wanted to make the cars go on the roads, and it took us a day or two to sort it out.
2) the sand side takes about half a 50lb bag of playsand. You could fill it higher, but then you will lose more over the edge. We just top it up as needed. You can buy a bag at Home Dept for 6 dollars.
3) normal beach toys are a little too big for the table, eg buckets. We use the digging toys (shovel, rake, castle mold) from the "Green Toys Sand Set" Green Toys Sand Play Set but the bucket is too big really. Other beach toys from Toys R Us, etc are way to big.
4) get a small stool for the adult play partner - it makes the whole experience much more fun for you!
5) we use a spare silicon food loop Fusionbrands The Food Loop 15" Silicone Trussing Tool, Set of 4, Pink to hold the umbrella and pole together when folded. This has made it harder for my daughter to wave it around and keeps the umbrella neatly.
Fun with sand, water & grandkids, April 15, 2010
We gave this to our grandson on his 3rd birthday. All 6 kids, ranging in age from 14-3 gathered around and played. The birthday boy LOVED it and his brother 6 and cousin 7 played for hours. It's very sturdy, easy to put together with a power drill and the lid attaches firmly. It's a great gift for boys & girls. I was very pleased.