Little Tikes Anchors Away Play Table
Buy online at Mothercare
Initial thoughts: This came in a HUGE box which was a little alarming, but when I picked this up to drag it to the garden I found the table is actually light as a feather – this is definitely a good thing. The instruction booklet looked a little intimidating but actually assembling the water table is pretty simple, and only requires a handful of screws, and nothing too complicated. What you end up with is a really lovely pirate boat shaped water table with a range of included toys and features, and a central mast that pumps water and creates a little waterfall. There is a small rubber plug which means you can drain the boat easily when you want to pack it away.
We liked: Flea thought the anchors away play table was gorgeous – and I thought it was nice and sturdy, with no fragile pieces, or fiddly assembly. I love that the toys are included which means kids can play with this set as soon as it’s up, and you don’t need to shell out for accessories – which is a good thing given that the table is £70. There are a range of nice play features, from a working anchor to the waterfall, a pirate boat with two figures and a whale.
We weren’t so keen: The water cannon has a tendency to come loose when played with, but it’s a small quibble. I did find when I was putting the set together that getting the plug into the base of the table was incredibly hard – I would suggest having a man on hand when you tackle this job!
Overall: The Little Tikes Anchors AWay play table is a brilliant option for 2-6 year olds with bags to keep children entertained – at four, Flea will often sit in the garden playing with this table for an hour at a time. I thought the quality was absolutely lovely, and really good value for money considering it will last most kids at least four years, and maybe even get passed on after that. It is quite large, but we got around this by not screwing the legs to the table top – meaning we can store it under the stairs quite easily when it isn’t in use.