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Why You Need A Step2 WaterWheel Activity Play Table

This post is not sponsored or endorsed by Step2, but is part of the 2014 Kid's Holiday Wishlist: Reviewed! Blog Hop. Post contains affiliate links. 

I always wanted a water table for my oldest son, but because we lived in more of an apartment-styled house and had no backyard, it was just a passing idea.  However, when my dear daughter was born I just knew she needed one {we moms know those kind of things don't we!}, but our housing situation had not yet changed.  So you can only guess what was on her birthday wishlist when we became homeowners?!!!!

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If you guessed a water table.... you are one smart cookie ; )

However, to my surprise there were several water tables to choose from!  So I had to ask myself some questions pertaining to design, price, and extra features:
Did I want a water table that was simple or had a themed design?
Did I want to spend $30ish or $60ish?
Did I want the water table to include an area for sand?

My answers led me to Step2's WaterWheel Activity Play Table!  It is simple, budget-friendly, and intended for water-only (I didn't want to deal with the possibility of sand and water).

My daughter ended up receiving it for her 2nd Birthday; her birthday is in the Spring, so we actually played with it inside for several months... without water.  It has been well loved over the past almost two years.

So indeed there are several ways we have played with our Step2 Water Wheel Activity Play Table!  It can be used for:
  • simple water play
  • as a sensory bin with non-water materials
  • a place to create a small world
  • and/or as a habitat; we have kept a few small frogs in there that we found in our garden. 
The Step2 WaterWheel Activity Play Table comes with four accessories: 2 boats, a cup, and water wheel tower.  The boats aren't the sturdiest; we found ours sink quite easily.  However, the kids didn't seem to mind because all three kids enjoyed playing in their own way.

My daughter preferred her own toys; it made a great bath for her baby dolls!  Baby Brother enjoyed playing with the water wheel and scooping and dumping out the water with a funnel.  And Big Brother enjoyed having easy to water to fill up his squirt gun!

Water table play, with or without water, has many benefits; water table play encourages:
  • Imaginative Play
  • Math Skills - measuring, weighing, comparing... 
  • Science Concepts
  • Language Skills
  • Fine Motor Skills
  • Sensory Play - feel free to change it up by filling it with shaving cream, water beads, beans, pom poms, shredded paper, etc. etc!
  • Group Play and Sharing
It comfortably allows at least three children to play at the same time and is the perfect height for my daughter and 1 year old son.  Big Brother is seven and quite tall, but he enjoyed playing with his younger siblings a few times.

I love that it is big enough to encourage group play.  And not only can all three kids play at the table, but it is surprisingly very sturdy.  We have had no issues with the over-all design, although the addition of a drain plug would be nice for future models.

This water table is definitely as simple as it gets, but has provided much fun this past summer and since we have had it!

Will your child be getting a water table this holiday season?

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