As promised, here is my review of a product I received compliments of CSN stores, an online retailer with over 200 online stores!
In exploring through several of the CSN stores, I discovered that besides selling bathroom vanities, mattresses and kitchen items, they also sold a large selection of children's toys. I decided to try out an item I had been considering purchasing elsewhere to see what the CSN experience would be like. My order for the Step 2 Water Wheel Play Table was placed on May 13, it was shipped on May 14 and I received my item on May 18--that was fast! That was with regular ground shipping. I had a lot of fun paging through all of the different choices available from this retailer and found that their selection was great.
About the Product:
The Step 2 Water Wheel Play Table is an outdoor toy I had been looking for my son to play with this summer. I was impressed with the price, at under $35, it was comparable to my local big box toy store, who is often out of stock of these seasonal type items. The water table arrived in the manufacturer's box with a shipping label affixed to one end. Opening the box was easy and all of the parts arrived in good condition. The instructions for assembly were easy and my 2.5 year old son helped me assemble the table.
This water table consists of a round resin/plastic table with three legs that snap on with no tools required. The overall dimensions of the table are 28.25" H x 29.5" W x 6.75" D, the perfect size for a toddler. The recommended age for this toy is one year and older. The table itself consists of two separate "pool" areas and a canal slide connecting them together. There is a water wheel contraption that assembles easily by snapping together two support sides with a green wheel in the center. A clear blue funnel sits on top of the structure and funnels poured water down onto the wheel, making it spin. A yellow pouring cup with handle is included, as are two small sail boats, which arrive in two parts and click together for assembly. The table holds up to four gallons of water and can accommodate up to three children playing, according to the manufacturer. Assembly took less than five minutes with a toddler and required no tools. Directions were well written and easy to follow and understand.
Reaction and use:
On the first sunny day we had after the water table arrived, we put it outside on our back patio and my son helped fill it with our garden hose. With little instruction, he figured out how to use the water wheel and immediately began to sail the little boats. Little kids and water mix well and add in the fact that it is okay for them to play in the water equals lots of fun! My son loves playing with this toy and has played with it daily now for a week. I imagine in the heat of the upcoming summer, this will be a well used toy.
The Step 2 Water Wheel Play Table is a hit! Easy to assemble and maintain, easy to fill, fun to play with in the outdoors. I imagine it could also be used as a sand table if that is preferred. At 2.5 years old, my son understands how to use this toy and seems to love it. I imagine a younger child would be equally entertained as well. My criticisms are that there is no drain, so dumping or scooping out the water is the only option for emptying it. The plastic toys are flimsy, but durable so far. I don't think the table would stand for too many children climbing on it, although the legs seem sturdy. The pros, it is fun! I use the water in it to water my garden so as not to waste it. It is easy to clean out and refill.
As with any toy, but especially one that contains water, parental supervision is a must. One can drown in a puddle! While different from a pool in that a human toddler could not be submerged in this toy, keeping an eye and ear on your kids while playing is important. That being said, it is a sturdy table when filled and does not seem to be "flippable" with the water in it for those toddlers who are climbers. As with all of the Step 2 products we own, this is a toy that should last for a while. I highly recommend it for your summer of outdoor fun!
CSN Stores provided me with this product for review. The opinions expressed in this review are mine.