Until the day care held their big first birthday party for the kids this Spring the thought of getting Nick a water table hadn’t even crossed my mind. At the party they had brought out the sensory table. They had filled it with water and had put water toys in it for the kids to play with. Nick loved it! He had the best time playing with the different toys. Hardly a week later Target had a sale on the Step 2 Safari Splash Water Table. It was so cute. We went to the store to check it out and left with it.
With as hot of a Summer as it has been having a water table has been a great way to help Nick cool off. Now most people keep their water tables outside. We decided to put ours in our back mud room so that Nick could play with it all the time. Sometimes he and the floor get very wet, but everything usually cleans up well. It is only water. Originally we had thought that sometimes we would take it outdoors, but then we realized that there is no drain plug, so the only way to empty it is to dump it, so taking it up the stairs to the kitchen, and then out the sliding door to the deck is just not happening. The only real problem we have with it being inside is that the cats think that it is their personal water bowl.
There are so many different water tables to choose from. Until this summer I hadn’t even paid attention to them. There are even many that are a combination sand and water table. I’m sure there are many that like these, but it seems to me that you’d end up with a lot of sand in the water, but the idea of combining them is cool (it’s like your own little beach on the ocean). It seems that most kids adore water tables though, so you really can’t go wrong with whatever one you choose. They are a wonderful way to help your little one cool down on a hot Summer day, and they are a great alternative to breaking out the pool.