Today's kids are lucky to be surrounded by so many colorful, exciting and attractive toys and games. It can be difficult for parents to make up their minds and choose a suitable gift for different occasions, such as holidays or birthdays. These toys are cleverly designed to stimulate the creativity and imagination of the kid, and potentially reveal his or her aptitudes and strong points. We have plenty of toys reviewed on our site, and we are glad to add some more: play tables, which can be both affordable and versatile.
Depending on the preferences or age of your little one, you might want to look at children's playpens
, some of which can be used both indoors or outdoors. These are great for portability, especially if you have a younger child who still likes to spend time sitting on the floor or ground. If you choose a smaller sized play table or activity center, it can easily fit within the parameters of a gated play pen.
For your children who like to play house, a kid's kitchen
is a great choice to go with a kid-sized table. Kids storage units and book racks
are also nice additions to go with play tables - and help your children develop good cleaning and organization habits, in a fun way.
For now, we are going to focus on play tables, and discover how they have been specifically tailored to develop children's motor skills and allow them to have a good time in the company of friends.
As a parent, one of the first things you consider before buying toys for your kid is the price, and whether you get good value for your money. The price for a high-quality play table can start at 40 dollars, and it can go up to 110 dollars for a more sophisticated model with a lot of accessories (or even higher if you are talking about a premium wooden table and chair set). The most expensive toy isn’t necessarily the most suitable one for all kids. Play tables are themed differently, and a child might like a particular one more than others.
We strongly advise you to stay away from cheap play tables. They are usually made from poor quality materials and are not put together well. These toys might break after just a few uses, and they will pose real dangers to your kid. When it comes to the safety of your child, this is not a place to cut corners.
Let's get to the next section of this article and find out what you should be looking for when buying a play table for your child.
Play tables are quite different from each other. Some are designed to be used with LEGO toys. Others are genuine water parks, able to hold up to 10 gallons of water and providing an excellent source of fun during warm summer days. To help you make a better decision, we want to give you a starting point to guide you further. Look at these features:
- Type - Water tables, sand tables, LEGO compatible tables, train sets, workbenches, learning tables
- Versatility - Some tables are good just for water games. Others allow your kid to play, do homework, learn and even draw on the same table
- Age Group - Certain tables are excellent for kids up to six years old, while other tables can be used until your little one reaches puberty
- Materials and Assembly - A good play table should be made from tough materials, and it should come with crystal-clear assembly instructions
You know your kid better than anyone else. Maybe your child likes water games, or built beautiful sand castles last year when you went to the seaside. This information will help you make a better decision and find a play table that will eventually develop your kid's innate skills.
Construction and Design
Most kids tables are made from solid wood, because this material is long-lasting, less expensive and easier to assemble. There are also lot of tables made from plastic. It is not the kind of plastic that breaks quickly, but a combination of polyethylene with other materials to form a more durable, tougher type of plastic.
Wooden play tables generally require longer assembly times, and they are heavier. A good example in our review is a play table that comes with chairs, two or four to be precise. On the other hand, plastic play tables are lighter, easier to assemble and more portable. Choose what you think is best for your kid.
Certain play tables also come with included accessories or have various extra features. Some have storage spaces hidden underneath the play board, which is ideal for keeping toys. Other play tables come with accessories, such as additional toys or even a sun umbrella. This means that you are getting more value for your money, and you should consider these types of tables.
Performance and Ease of Use
Quality play tables typically come with a step-by-step instruction manual that will allow you to install the table in a short period of time. For maintenance, wash the table with a damp cloth from time to time, to keep dust and other impurities at bay. If the screws get loosened (which rarely happens with high-quality tables), you can quickly tighten them up using the basic tools included in the package.
Certain play tables can be used for reading, learning, drawing or performing different types of tasks or projects. These are also called work benches and they are excellent to help children develop a vast array of skills, as well as allowing them to have a good time playing. If you want your kid to become a better learner and possibly have higher grades in school, direct your attention towards these tables. Good luck!
Hopefully now you have a better understanding about play tables and know what to look for when shopping. Let's go ahead and take a look at the actual products we have chosen. Keep in mind that this is a mix of play table types, if you were specifically looking just for small kids table and chair sets, without all the "activities," we have a separate review for those.
KidKraft is like a wonderland for children, because it has such a broad variety of toys available for sale! It offers food play sets, play tables, baking sets, drawing sets and many others. You can even buy backpacks and toddler beds from it at affordable prices. KidKraft strives to provide toys and accessories for both boys and girls.
The Kidkraft 2-in-1 Activity Table in espresso finish features a double-sided play board. This table is compatible with LEGO products, and includes a train set with no less than 30 pieces. Your kid can quickly switch between the two, and can even deposit toys and personal belongings under the play board, inside the table.
The table is made from high-quality wood, so it will pass the test of time, and it has a small footprint, so it's suitable for small or large bedrooms alike. What's in for you as a parent? You will have more peace of mind knowing that your kid isn’t crawling on the floor while playing, and that toys will be safely organized under the play board, not scattered all over the house.
Little Tikes doesn’t need any introduction, as it is one of the most popular and appreciated toy brands in the United States. This company produces a wide variety of toys and accessories for both boys and girls. Whether you want a motorized ride-on toy, a trike, a trampoline or a play table, Little Tikes is the brand to go to. This company currently sells thousands of products online and many of them are bestsellers.
Speaking of bestsellers, you might be happy to find out that the Spiralin' Seas Waterpark from Little Tikes is one as well. This table includes a downward spiral where your kids can throw special water balls, which are included in the package. The waterpark also comes with a cup and several toys, and it can be installed in minutes.
The beauty of this table is that it improves children's motor skills, and can be used by up to five children at once. It provides the ideal entertainment option for kids during those warm summer days and you will rest assured that your child is playing safely in the backyard, away from dangers. You might even try it as well!
Melissa & Doug is one of the largest supplier of toys and accessories for kids of all ages. This company makes toys which are enticing even for adults! Most of the Melissa & Doug products are colorful and designed to improve kids' imagination and creativity, so if you want to offer your kid a gift, you wouldn’t go wrong if you take into account the products made by this brand.
For example, let's talk about the Melissa & Doug Wooden Multi-Activity Play Table which is a versatile product suitable for kids between 3 and 8 years. This table is made from solid wood panels and it can take a lot of wear and tear. It also comes with a pull-out drawer where your kid can store his favorite toys and games. Thanks to its practicality, this table can be used for drawing, doing homework, playing and many other similar activities kids enjoy.
Best of all, the surface board of this table is removable for cleaning and vacuuming purposes. You can simply detach the wooden panels and clean the inside of the table with basic cleaning products. The table itself is convenient for small kids as it allows easy access for them when they sit on the floor.
Step2 is widely renowned for its lines of toys and kids' accessories. It makes different types of products, from motorized ride-on toys to play tables and even large, custom-made kitchen play sets. Its toys are colorful, exciting, well-made and have the ability to develop the motor skills and imagination of your little one!
The Step2 Naturally Playful Sand & Water Center can hold water as well as sand. It comes with a conveniently placed drain plug for cleaning and draining purposes. Best of all, this table also comes with lots of accessories, such as an umbrella which will protect your kid from excessive sunlight, boats, pots, a shovel and even two small bridges. These accessories will provide tons of fun and entertainment for your children, and allow them to develop their creativity and imagination. The table requires minimal assembly, so there are no difficult DIY installation processes for you as a parent!
You can't have a review about toys without choosing a product from Fisher Price! This brand is renowned in the United States and in other countries for producing high-quality, colorful and exciting kids' accessories at affordable prices. Next time you don’t know what gift to get a child for a birthday or holiday, take a look at the broad range of Fisher-Price toys and accessories and you'll be saved!
The Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Puppy & Friends Learning Table is enticing and offers four different toys for your kid to have fun with. It has a toy laptop, phone, book and piano, which will light up and appeal to kids' imaginations and creativity.
This activity center features more than 60 songs and learning tasks, so children won't get bored with it anytime soon. The legs are detachable, so children can also safely play on the floor. The activity center functions with 3 AAA batteries which are included in the package. This activity center gives your kid the opportunity to learn numbers, shapes, different words and letters in a fun and exciting manner!
These tables are not only activity and learning centers for children, they are also designed to be compact and portable, so you can take them with you when you go camping or on vacation. Get one now and your kid will burst with joy!