Friday, January 17

Getting summer ready - Step2 Sand & Water Activity Centre #Review

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This is our second review as Activity Toys Direct Ambassadors (you can read out kitchen review here), and I have to say this is the one I was most excited about playing with the kids playing with!

When the Step2 Sand & Water Activity Centre arrived in a huge box there was no hiding it from the children so we unpacked it straight away - I know it's not the weather for outdoor play however I have a MASSIVE kitchen so it's not a problem at all.

Inside the box I found the table, lid, 4 legs, screws, umbrella, 2 bridges, 2 flower pots, 2 boats and a spade.  Everything you need to get started (except a screwdriver) - no extra packaging which is always a bonus!

Putting it together was relatively simple, however I think I'm really unlucky as once again the screw holes were not present - not a problem as the same had happened with the kitchen so I knew what to do.  Using a hammer and a screw it's simple enough to pierce the plastic to give you a starting place then use brute strength to screw the screws in place.

I discovered the hard way that you really have to ensure the plugs on the legs are banged into place plugging the holes completely - I realised I hadn't done this the first time I poured water into the table and it flooded out of the leg holes all over my kitchen floor.  I had to unscrew it all and start again.

Once over this hurdle we've encountered no problems and have been playing with it in my kitchen nearly every day since it arrived.

The features to this table are brilliant and include:
  • A sturdy lid which can be tied down to keep it in place
  • The lid itself features an in built road on the top so when the table is not in use you can still play with the table top!
  • A separate sand and water area
  • A road inside the table which can be used for cars or the boats can ride along it
  • Large enough for a few children to play at the same time
  • An easy to access plug for easy emptying
  • The umbrella can be stored inside when not in use
  • A large umbrella for protection from the sun in hotter weather
The Step2 Sand & Water Activity Centre costs £79.99 and comes with free delivery from Activity Toys Direct (free delivery with orders over £50).  The dimensions are H = 53cm, W = 118cm, D = 66cm and it weighs 13.6 kg.


Sand and Water Table

I haven't been brave enough to put sand in as yet as it is still in my kitchen however we have used it for pasta play, rice play and have filled with mega bloks too and we play with water in this on a daily basis. 

It's a very sturdy item (yes I have found Harry standing on the lid on a few occasions and while not recommended it has survived unscathed!) and from a parents point of view I can see this lasting many many years to come and becoming a garden favourite - It will be rehomed into my garden when the weather improves but for now they are loving it so much I'm happy for it to remain in the house.

33 comments:

  1. That looks brilliant. My two would love one of those for messy play!

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  2. That looks like great fun and a good size as well.

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  3. This looks great, I love that it is off the floor

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  4. Its a lovely size, mine had one that was on the floor, harder to play with, sand is definitely an outdoor activity.

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  5. Oh this looks really good! We have sand pit down on the floor outside but I quite like these raised ones, would be good as you say for pasta and various other messy play too!

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  6. Wow this looks lovely!! It makes me yearn for Summer as my little one would love to stand outside playing with this.

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  7. We used to have a play sand/water table like this when my kids were little - it was so useful for all sorts - looks great!

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  8. Looks like a lot of fun. Will have to wait for summer, though.

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  9. Sounds like fun equipment. I always loved playing with water and sand and remember when I was in play therapy at age ten, trying to overflow the water table. It never worked.

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  10. My kids love sand and water paly .x

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  11. What a fantastic thing! We really must get something like this - I need to introduce Austin and Gwen to more messy play at home.

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  12. a brilliant idea to use it for pasta play and rice play! Looks like you'll have lots more fun in the summer with it outdoors too! xxx

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  13. The best water play activity we had was the Brio canal system. Brilliant!

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  14. You have given me such a great idea. We have something like this, and we packed it away as it was no longer summer. I never thought to use in INSIDE and fill it with pasta or blocks. How silly of me. Hubby wont be impressed when I make him dig it back out of the shed...

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  15. It looks like a great table, the kids will have a wonderful time with it wham you put it outside. Really upgrading summer :)

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  16. I love the idea of messy play and what a good way to do it with them, in a sort of contained way :-). Hurray for summer and sand play!

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  17. That looks amazing and HUGE! If we had one, it would need to live in the garden but I'm certain the kids would adore it and it would be fab in the summer - lots of opportunity for water play :D

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  18. That looks great! It looks about the same size as my kitchen but my kids would prefer that to me doing the washing up anyway ;)

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  19. that looks amazing! Wilf would love that! x

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  20. We used to have one like that and my two could play for hours with it!

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  21. That looks great, and a good size. too. I can imagine the fun my pair would have with it!

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  22. My boys having played with this actual table I can vouch for how cool it is! Next time we'll play with the sand in it in the garden! ;)

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  23. That looks fantastic! My youngest would love it! Looks so much fun x

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  24. Whata brilliant activity table, so much you could use it for! Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested

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  25. I'm desperate to have a good water tray in the garden this year - Ben loves water play at school.
    Thanks for linking up this week :)
    #TriedTested

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  26. Wow how fun does this look?! I'd love to play with it too :D

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  27. Again another fantastic review, thanks! We love how you've replaced the use of sand with pasta for indoor play, great idea!. :)

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  28. i so wish my little man loved sand and water play but as of yet he is not really willing to get sandy and wet. I do love these table though x

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  29. This looks so great for messy play. We have a sand pit but a table would be so much better, especially as LM is now big enough to stand at one.

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  30. I love the variety of things you've used this for, I usually only put sand and water in our table - I'll be discovering more options in the summer! :)

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  31. Great review, really useful as I'm trying to decide which water table to buy for my children. I love that this one comes with a lid.

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