If your toddler always wants to splash in the sink while you do the dishes and adores bath time, it may be time to invest in a water table. Water tables can provide hours of screen-free, cheap entertainment for tots who enjoy getting their hands wet — and even better, the various activities can help with motor skills and sensory exploration.
Beyond that, water tables are — no surprise — a great way to cool off in hot weather. And while they do work best outside, you can make indoor adaptations for colder weather and use rice or water beads instead of actual water. (Or, you know, just put down lots of towels on the floor!)
So add this to your list of awesome, active, all-year-round toys — and check out our favorite picks for good, splashy fun.
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1. Step2 Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table
With thirteen included accessories and lots of room to splash, toddlers and young kids can stay entertained for hours. An upper tray creates a rainwater effect when filled with water for even more splashing fun. Accessories like buckets and a water wheel can be moved around the table, and the water wall features can also be moved as kids design their own water maze.
2. Little Tikes Spiralin’ Seas Waterpark Play Table
Smaller than our top pick, this still has lots of fun features like a splashing Ferris wheel and funnel. A spinner on the side also creates waves. Aside from attachments, the other included accessories are a scoop for water and balls that can also double as squirters. The balls or water can be poured down the center spiral for more eye-catching fun.
3. Best Choice Products Kids 3-in-1 Outdoor Wood Activity/Picnic Table
This water table will suit all of your kids’ needs. It has a built-in water basin, a sand box, enough seating for four children and an umbrella. It’s made of durable wood and will need to be assembled, but the only tool you need is a screwdriver. This table is made for slightly older children, ages 3 and up.
4. Little Tikes Anchors Away Pirate Ship
This pirate ship-themed water table has thematic features that make splashing around — and imaginative play — fun. A cannon, mast, and crow’s nest look like normal parts of a ship but also create memorable water effects. A plank, captain’s wheel, and anchor complete the scene. This is appropriate for older toddlers and young kids, as younger toddlers might find some of the water features hard to manipulate.
5. Step2 Dino Dig Sand & Water Table
This 2-in-1 table will allow your little one to dig for bones and have their dino figurines take a dip in some refreshing, cool water. The table has a palm tree and volcano. You get four dinosaurs, two scoops and shovel/rake. At the bottom of the table, there is a plug, so you can empty the water easily.