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Best Budget: Little Tikes Fish 'n Splash Water Table
Not sure how much use you'll get out of a water table? The Little Tikes Fish 'n Splash Water Table is a more affordable option that will still provide hours of fun and entertainment on a hot day. Though rather small—it really only accommodates two to three children comfortably—it has plenty of features to keep kids busy.
Use the included fishing rod or fishing net to catch swimming fish, fill the teetering fishbowl until it tips over and splashes into the main basin, and use the launcher to fling critters onto the spinning lily pad in the center of the water table—or simply splash around. Though suitable for children up to 5 years of age, this particular water table is great for kids as young as 1 or 2 years of age thanks to its low profile.
Best with Sand: Step2 Crabbie Sand Table
When there’s no beach nearby, the next best thing is a water table that doubles as a sandbox. The extra element isn’t just fun for kids, it also adds another important sensory experience to help kids learn about the world around them.
The table is shaped like a crab and comes with a fun assortment of toys to add to the experience. Additionally, the table is the perfect height for tots, and parents say it's durable enough to withstand more enthusiastic play. Because of its shape, this table is great for a larger family—several kids can comfortably play at this table together.
Best for 1-Year-Olds: Little Tikes Spiralin' Seas Waterpark
Although it's a relatively simple water table with a low profile, this colorful table is the perfect option for a 1-year-old. It has plenty of engaging activities to help foster the development of motor skills and keep little ones entertained. Kids can drop balls down the spiral, watching them go round and round and down into the water. Turn the Ferris wheel to scoop up and drop off balls, fill the cup with water, and pour the cup into the funnel to power the twin water wheel. The activities are endless!
Parents will appreciate the fact that this water table is relatively lightweight (it’s just shy of 12 pounds), making it easy to store in an outdoor storage shed or garage when not in use.
Best for Toddlers: Step2 Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table Playset
Keeping your toddler engaged can be tricky, but this interactive water table is a versatile toy that's guaranteed to hold their attention. Because it has many different features and two tiers, it’s suitable for a wide range of ages, but it will still hold the attention of more active toddlers. The bottom basin is similar to most other water tables—it’s a great place for beginners to splash and explore—while the top basin adds an extra element of excitement. Another feature that kiddos will love is the customizable waterfall. It creates a realistic waterfall sound and provides an interesting sensory experience for curious tots. Older children may even want to join in on the fun!
Because of the long oblong shape, this water table is suitable for a larger group of kids—it can comfortably accommodate for four to five youngsters. And if you're looking for other activities to keep your toddler engaged, there are plenty of activities that kids and parents can enjoy together, like outdoor finger painting or imaginative play with kitchen sets.
Best for Kids: Step2 Busy Ball Play Sand and Water Table
Capture the attention of older children with a water table that’s a little different than the standard options. This water table comes with a host of accessories, including 10 balls, a scoop cup, spinner, flippers, and an extra-tall tower. The tower boasts several ramps that lead to the water basin and flippers on the side that catapult balls into the water basin, which reviewers say their children love. Using the flippers will encourage fine motor skills, and the large water basin is perfect for multiple children to play together. Older kids, in particular, will love all of the accessories that can be used together.
Best for Groups: Step2 Cascading Cove Sand and Water Table
If you have a big family or regularly entertain, you'll want a water table that’s large enough to accommodate a number of children comfortably and safely. Though relatively basic compared to some of the other options on the list, this water table fits the bill. The large rectangular table measures 24 x 42.5 x 23 inches and features a sand side and a water side (both are about the same size), so multiple children will be able to play at once. The table’s lid also features some interactive elements, including roadways, to entertain an additional set of kids while they wait for their turn at water table.