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Spring time is almost here in Chicago, even though it apparently missed the memo to arrive 11 days ago. With the coming of spring is venturing outdoors for some play. This day, we took our Step2 Water Works Water Table outside to the front sidewalk (I live on a Boulevard – can’t WAIT to get my backyard in my new home) and filled it with warm water so that the Houseful of Littles could get some water play in during this 70 degree day.
One of the first thing that I loved about it immediately was how bright and cheerful it was. The fact that it has nothing but primary and secondary colors in it makes it a breeze for all of the children to share without trying to claim it for one gender or the other. They did get along well until they realized that there were only TWO water cups. That lasted for a while until Sir Twizzler realized that he could improvise with a pot from the Step2 Kitchen set that we have. Talk about quick problem solving.
The things that I loved the most about the table were the ease of putting it together. The bright colorful pieces that can’t accidentally get lodged in anyone’s air passages. There are several spinning wheels to show how water can be a force of movement (my homeschooling mind was in full mode) and it’s very lightweight. Clean up is a breeze as well, because all you have to do is unplug it and wait for it to empty. I did need to use a couple of paper towels to get out the residual water.
The main thing that bothered me was the fact that the tower above does not stay together well. It comes apart easily, and causes quite the frustration for both the children and the parent who has to constantly fix it during water play. After the sixth or so time of it tumbling down, the ladybug was able to fix it by herself.
Here’s a photo of Sir Twizzler catching the water that he put in through the top funnel. He had a lot of fun trying to do this over and over again. Seeing his little brow furrow at the fact that he couldn’t get the cup from top to bottom before he finished pouring the water out was a bit comical to me. He finally realized that if he poured with one cup and caught the water with the other, he would be successful!
Lil Miss enjoyed time without her big sister and little brother. She also liked watching the wheels spin and the water spout out of the bottom of the water tower.
Filling this with warm water on cooler days will definitely allow for a greater length of play time. The kids didn’t get cold even with the air cooled down and the breeze picked up. I appreciated that as well. No chattering teeth either!
Overall I am pretty satisfied with the table and can endure it even with the toppling of the tower. The Step2 Water Works Water Table can be found only at Target and retails between $30 and $40. If it stays colder where you are for a little longer (who are we kidding, right?) you can always use beans, lentils, or rice to show chain reactions as well. All about the imagination here!
So, could you see your children playing with and enjoying this? What kid doesn’t like playing in water?