On a warm summer day, what could be more fun than sand and water? For my daughter Ally, age 4, the Step 2 Sand and Water Activity Center has been a go-to toy on warm days.
She received the sand and water table as a present on her second birthday and she’s has only loved it more as she has gotten older. The sturdy plastic table, which stands at just the right height for little kids, is divided into two sides – one for sand and one for water. Although Ally’s favorite part is mixing them together.
The table features roads and ramps and two bridges, and Ally enjoys running her toy cars and boats over and under them. The table comes with 2 bridges, 2 boats, 2 pots, 1 shovel and an umbrella for shade. The umbrella has held up well to our two years of use.
We’ve added a variety of sand toys over the years which keep the table age appropriate. As a two-year-old, Ally just loved digging in the sand with her shovel and splashing on the water side. Now she likes to mix the sand and water to make mini-sand castles; sift for rocks that she has buried in the sand and make up stories with her cars and boats that travel on the roads and under the bridges.
The table has a drain also and includes a cover that snaps on to keep the sand and toys contained and protected.
One of my good friends, a mother of a 2-year-old and a four-year-old, also got this table and loves it. She even empties it and moves it inside the house when the weather turns colder as an activity table for her girls. She puts the table in the corner of her kitchen and one week it will be filled with Matchbox Cars and the next week with Legos. She explained that it was a great way to contain these small toys and make the toys seem new and exciting by giving her daughters a new way to play with them.
Online I found the table listed at around $80 (depending on the seller) and it is definitely worth the price. The table holds up well to wear and tear. Our table still looks like new two years later.
The table is designed for ages 2-7.
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