Step2 Sand and Water Transportation Station: Double The Fun

07/20/2009 at 10:00 AM ET

When it came to a summer-time water table for my twins I had three criteria in mind: small enough for the porch, convenience for me and fun activities for the kids.

The Sand & Water Transportation Station by Step2 ($50) meets all three requirements and then some.

Assembling the 27.5” high and 30.5” wide table with two divided sections for water and side was literally a snap. In mere minutes the kids were playing. I particularly love the height of the table, as it makes it easy for my toddlers to reach everything. The 15-piece accessory set that includes 3 train cars, 2 boats, 3 funnels and a variety of scoops and spinners ensures hours of amusement.

What was lacking on my last water toy — an easy way to empty all that H2O — is made easy on this model with bottom plugs for quick draining. Plus the nifty nylon cover with elastic straps keeps out dirt, debris and the neighbor’s cat that sees the sand as his personal outdoor litter box. And the sturdy construction means I’ll be bringing out this toy for summers to come.

— Sarah, mom to twins Lily and Logan, 16 months, works part-time and obsesses over things that are perfect for two while simultaneously making her life a little easier.

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Cece on

I had this water table from a few years back. My kids loved it. I would be wary of combining a sand and water table together. Inevitably the two will be combined by toddlers into a mucky mess! I recommend chosing either all sand or all water at one time. At my daughter’s preschool they have a little sand table filled with sea shells and then outside water tables with sea creatures and this works wonderfully.

Carolyn on

I will second CeCe’s comment. We have another sand and water table by Step 2, which we purchased for my son for his 2nd birthday over three years ago and he still plays with it a LOT! We also ditched the water and filled the entire thing up with sand since that’s what he was doing anyway.😉

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