13 Best Toddler Water Tables for a Splashing Good Time

Your kiddo will love to splish, splash and play with a toddler water table.
ByMartina Garvey
Associate Editor
July 8, 2021
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Searching for ways to keep your toddler happily occupied all summer long? Outdoor play—and particularly play that involves water toys—is a wonderful way to engage your child’s senses, boost their confidence and, most importantly, have fun! Our favorite backyard water toy? A toddler water table.

This classic must-have has countless educational and developmental benefits, and even introduces your little one to early science principles (yes, really!) as they splash, pour and sprinkle water. Better yet, these toys keep kids feeling comfortable and refreshed when the weather heats up. The best water tables for toddlers are compact, easy to clean, durable and safe. Although there are tons of options with added interactive features, rest assured that even the simplest model will capture your kiddo’s imagination, providing hours of entertainment. Of course, dirt and grime can build up over time, so opt for a water table with a drain plug as it’ll be easier to empty and clean once playtime is over.

Before we reveal our top toddler water tables, it’s important to remember that children must always be supervised near water. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), “Drowning is the leading cause of injury death in children 1 to 4. Young children can drown in as little as an inch or two of water, and it can happen quickly and silently.” While a water table is generally considered a safe water-play alternative, you should still brush up on water safety best practices before investing in a one, and empty it after each use.

Best Water Table for Toddlers

Ready to start your search? Here, discover our picks for the best toddler water tables on the market. From lightweight plastic models to sturdy wooden options—plus sand and water tables that provide double the fun—these toys will keep your cutie cool as a cucumber and happy as can be.

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Little Tikes frog pond water table

Jumpstart playtime with this awesome, amphibian-themed outdoor water table. It comes with a fun frog-launcher game and a spinner which activates a lazy river feature. The circular table is big enough to accommodate multiple children, but it’s still lightweight, so you can easily move it around the yard. This option holds seven gallons of water and has a drain plug for quick cleanup.

Age: 24 months +

Buy it: $42,

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Step2 rain showers splash pond water table

Next up is a parent-approved option with hundreds of five-star reviews. This Step2 water table has tons of interactive features—including spinners, ramps and 13 fun accessories—that actively engage your little one, fostering the development of key motor skills through play. The two-tier design has a built-in water wall, with maze-like spinners that are activated when water is poured from the top, creating a waterfall effect that’ll mesmerize your tot. And, like many of the best water tables for toddlers on the market, this model has a no-leak drain plug.

Age: 18 months +

Buy it: $80,

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PalPlay sand and water table in multi

Searching for a practical water activity table? Take a look at this pick from PalPlay. The multi-use table has two separate sections that can be filled with sand or water. The lid acts as a protective barrier from weather and pests between each use. Plus, you can also close the lid to transform it into a mini craft table. Bonus: It has removable legs for easy storage.

Age: 2 years +

Buy it: $52,

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Little Tikes flowin’ fun water table with 13 interchangeable pipes

Here’s a toddler water table that’s sure to be a splash hit. Designed to encourage hands-on STEM learning, this model has 13 interchangeable pipes, faucets and fittings so your kid can set up their very own waterworks. They can use the bucket to pour water into the table, or take things up a notch and attach a garden hose to the central tower—just be prepared for things to get wet and wild!

Age: 2 years +

Buy it: $60,

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Step2 cascading cove sand & water table with umbrella

Keep your little one safely in the shade with this awesome Step2 toddler water table. Underneath a large sun umbrella, there are sections for both sand and water, so your child has a world of sensory play options at their fingertips. Better yet, it comes with six sand and water toys for added fun. Cleanup is easy thanks to the watertight drain plugs on both sides. It even has a lid with elastic ties to keep it securely in place, whatever the weather.

Age: 18 months +

Buy it: Starting from $145,

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Jonti-Craft 42" x 24" manufactured wood rectangular birch sand and water table with cover

The best water tables for toddlers are fun, durable and easy-to-clean. That’s why we love this one by Jonti-Craft. Made from Greenguard certified birch and maple wood, it’s sturdy enough for use at home or at a preschool. It has a deep laminate basin that’s a breeze to wipe down, a drain plug and a handy shelf for storing toys.

Age: 3 years +

Buy it: $482,

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B. toys water wheel

Looking for something a little different—or want a more compact, portable option for a beach vacation? Check out this best-selling water and sand activity toy by B. toys. Kids will love filling it up and watching the different levels spin and tilt as the water cascades down. It comes with a sifter cup and a dump truck.

Age: 2 years +

Buy it: $13,

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Step2 car wash splash center

Introducing a truly unique water table toy: The car wash splash center by Step2. Shaped like a car with a basin in the bonnet and the trunk, this toy encourages imaginative play as little kids can sit in the car seat, wash the windscreen and even fill up the gas tank. Added features like a drain plug, a double-sided tray on the roof and a water maze at the back, makes this pick a winner in our book.

Age: 3 years +

Buy it: $140,

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Simplay3 rushing river falls multilevel & expandable splash & water play table for kids

Still searching for the best water table for toddlers? This multi-level play center offers plenty of room for friends or siblings to splash about and play together. Secure your garden hose to the built-in attachment, and watch as the water flows down to create a gushing waterfall that’ll delight babies and toddlers alike. It comes with nine accessories including buckets, boats and pouring cups. The best part? This 6” expanding water table can be compressed to 3” for easy storage.

Age: 12 months +

Buy it: $70,

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Klein 11.02’’ x 18.9’’ plastic rectangular sand And water table with cover

Digger-obsessed little ones will adore this sand and water table. Designed to look like a construction site, it has two removable basins that are easy to fill up and clean out. The water section has two pipes, and the sand section comes complete with a dump truck and a snap-on excavator. How fun is that?

Age: 12 months +

Buy it: $80,

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Step2 dino dig sand & water table

Mini-explorers will go wild for this dinosaur water table by Step2. The two-sided table has a deep sand pit with a volcano cover and a watering hole for the included dinosaur figures. Kids can use the cup to scoop and pour water over the volcano to trigger an eruption or sprinkle it over the palm tree to make it rain. Bonus: This toy is made from EverTough plastic, so it’s virtually indestructible.

Age: 2 years +

Buy it: $70,

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Little Tikes island wavemaker water table with five unique play stations and accessories

Set sail on the high seas with this awesome treasure island-inspired water table. With five built-in playstations, this model is one of the best water tables for toddlers we’ve seen. Kids can hunt for buried treasure, turn the wheel to create a wave pool, send toy figures down the slide or pour water over the central island to trigger an epic waterfall—wow!

Age: 2 years +

Buy it: $70,

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Starplay folding water fun trolley play set sand & water table

Working with limited outdoor space? Check out this compact toddler water table by Starplay. This toy set comes in a foldable case with wheels, making it portable and easy to store. Open it up to reveal a large play area with cool features like a wave maker, water pump, race track and more. Plus, this model can also be used as a sandbox. This water and sand table is proof that good things come in small packages!

Age: 3 years +

Buy it: $50,

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