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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

water tables: a review

So for Micah's birthday we wanted to get him a water table. My mom and I went out to the toy store and found this one: Sand and Water Fun Factory 
We were satisfied that it looked pretty cute. It came with all the gears, a boat for the water side and a tractor of sorts for the sand side (that we just put water in), a shovel, a cup for the water side and an umbrella. It got put together with the help of daddy, Grandma and Grandpa. Before we even put it outside the next afternoon Micah grabbed hold of the less than sturdy ramp (the orange thing on the side) lifted it and it snapped. It left a small semi-sharp edge on the top so I unscrewed that section and tried to superglue the ramp back together but knew that super glue surely wouldn't hold if Micah went to lift the ramp again. We went ahead and played with the table that day because I had already promised Abby we could and the enjoyed it. That also showed a couple more small flaws with this table - the gears didn't work all that well and the drain dripped a bit. Nothing huge but all things combined not the best quality toy. When the ramp was off it left two holes in the top side of the table - this meant when it rained that night the table filled with water. Which also worried me because then if all the water didn't get out it could start to mold underneath the table. 


We took that table back to the toy store and exchanged it for this one: The Anchors Away Pirate Ship Water Table
This table is much better so far. It comes with lots of fun toys but most importantly it works! The cannon fires, the pump in the mast pumps water up and the kids had a blast with it. I'm much happier with our second water table. Not only do all the parts work properly but there is tons of room around the table for everyone to play. Before seeing the difference I hadn't thought about it but the first table we got had enough room for two, maybe 3 kids to play side by side. This pirate ship table has room around all the edges. All ours friends can come and play and there will be room for all of them around this table. 

Both of them took a little effort to put together but the Pirate ship seemed to go together much easier. Beau would say if he was going to change anything about these toys - he'd make sure they'd predrill holes for the screws. As it is now you have to use the screws they provide and your strength to drill through the material to put it together. 


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3 comments:

Lisa said...

Sorry we didn't get this one from the beginning!
I totally agree with the more room to play for everybody. Gigi cannot wait for her turn to come and get wet!

Christine said...

Glad they took the other one back. Many places probably wouldn't because it had been used and broken.

The pirate ship looks like fun.

Now I want to get a water table for Audrey.

Lisa said...

Sorry we didn't get this one from the beginning!
I totally agree with the more room to play for everybody. Gigi cannot wait for her turn to come and get wet!