My daughter Maggie recently turned 3 years old and one of the presents we wanted to get for her this year was a water table. I looked high and low for the perfect water table for her and settled on the Anchors Away Pirate Ship from Little Tikes.
I know some of you may be thinking, “a pirate ship….for a little girl?!” YES! My daughter loves pirates and searching for treasure!
Maggie was so excited when she saw her pirate ship and even more excited when I explained to her that this pirate ship would be filled with water!
The Anchors Away Pirate Ship was easy to put together. You will want a power drill and a screwdriver and you’re ready to set up. I set this whole thing up while my husband was at work in about 20 minutes.
The Anchors Away Pirate Ship comes with lots of cool accessories/features including:
- Shark (Maggie has named him Chomper)
- Two pirate characters
- Anchor on a string that rolls up and down
- Water-shooting canon
- 2 water scoops with different hole patterns on the bottom
- Liferaft and boat for characters to ride in
- Steering wheel that spins
- Center mast featuring water you can pump through it or pour down to spin the gears
When we first received this new toy, it was still pretty cold outside and Maggie was just dying to try it. So, I grabbed a few towels, put the ship in the kitchen, and filled it up using buckets of warm water. She had fun for an hour playing with this set, and really did not make too much of a mess in my kitchen. The mess that was made was well worth it for the fun she had playing. Now, when her baby brother woke up from his nap, he enjoyed the ship too….and then we had a small mess!
I think the only improvements that could be made would be to the canon. The water-shooting featuring is not quite as strong or as easy to use as I would have hoped (you have to push down ALL the way and you’ll need to prime it a bit to get it going) but it’s certainly not a deal breaker. I would also love to see an accessory package made available where we could buy extra people and aquatic animals.
Overall, we really enjoy this water table. It is sturdy, just as you would expect from Little Tikes, and loads of fun for the kids! If you’re looking for a water table this summer, you’ll want to check this one out! It has a retail price of $79.99 and can be purchased directly from the Little Tikes website.