Little Tikes Anchors Away Pirate Ship

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We like

  • Comes with a lot of accessories to enhance playtime
  • Easy to drain and easy to store
  • Assembly required but not time consuming
  • The design adds to playtime and gives the table the feel of a real pirate ship
  • Has a cannon that shoots water
  • The main mast doubles as a fountain 
We don’t like
  • Some parts have been found to be missing
  • The plug sometimes does not fit into the drain hole

How it works

Summer time is the best time for outdoor fun. With nice weather and a lot of free time, parents and children can do activities outside that they can’t do at other times of the year depending on what climate they live in. The best is when kids get to play in the pool or the ocean and experience all the games of the water. Not all kids are ready for the water yet, or not every kid has access to the pool or the beach. For these little ones, Little Tikes has created a water table where kids can safely stand and play in the water without actually being in the water. One of the most fun versions of the water table is the Little Tikes Anchors Away Pirate Ship, which is a water table that is shaped like a pirate ship and comes with accessories and features that enhance play time. The water table will not only entertain your child for hours, but it can entertain your child for years until they are fully ready to learn how to swim and jump in the pool or the ocean. Many parents have been thrilled with the hours of fun that the Little Tikes Anchors Away Pirate Ship water table has brought to their children.

 

Design

Design

The Little Tikes Anchors Away Pirate Ship water table is designed with all the features that you would expect on a pirate ship. In the center is a watchtower or crow’s nest where water comes out like a fountain. Under the crow’s nest are several items that spin and turn when the water runs down out of the crow’s nest. At the bottom of the mast is a pump, so you can either pour water into the nest to get the water to flow and the items to spin, or you can push on the pump repeatedly until the water catches and you can pump the water from the table up the mast and down the crow’s nest.

Along the sides of the ship there are other pirate ship designs like a slide where you can slide your toys down into the water. There is a cannon in one corner that when you press the button also acts like a pump and gathers water and shoots so that kids can splash each other. There is plank so that pirates can walk the plank off the boat and into the abyss below, and there is an anchor that your child can crank that lowers the anchor down into the abyss so that your child can imagine that the ship is anchored in place. One of the more fun features of the water table is the ship’s steering wheel that is located at the back of the ship. The steering wheel actually turns and your child can imagine they are steering the ship through one of their toys as they take to the high seas.

The table itself is actually shaped and designed to look like the body of a pirate ship and the table is held up by three legs that all resemble and are designed to look like wooden masts that you would find on a pirate ship making this water table look authentic and true to its theme.
Safety

Safety

As with anything that involves water, parents should always supervise their children while they are playing with the Little Tikes Anchors Away Pirate Ship water table. Anytime a child is surrounded by water, there needs to be constant adult supervision. Even though the water is contained in the table and only a few inches deep, the risk of drowning or getting hurt is just as high as if your child were in a pool or in the ocean. There are also several accessories that come with the Little Tikes Anchors Away Pirate Ship that are small and can cause a choking hazard, so it is always best to be around your children when they are playing at the table to ensure they remain safe and do not harm themselves or others.
The Accessories

The Accessories

Little Tikes does a good job of including several accessories with the water table. Of course any toy can be used for play with the water table, but Little Tikes includes accessories and toys that are unique to the theme of the pirate ship and unique to Little Tikes as they have the signature Little Tikes design and style.

The water table comes with a bucket. The bucket is essential for scooping up water and pouring it into the crow’s nest so that you can spin the items that are around the main mast of the ship. The bucket is also great for when playtime is over and you need a place to store the more small items so that they don’t get lost.

Included with the water table are a scooper and a strainer. One will scoop up the water or any other toy being used in the water table while the strainer is great for scooping up toys and allows the water to drain out. Kids can use these two times for rescuing toys or splashing water with their friends.

The other accessories that come with the Little Tikes Anchors Away Pirate Ship water table are for creating stories and having characters to be a part of those stories. The remaining accessories are two pirates, a lifeboat, and a shark that squirts water. With these remaining characters, your child can create endless stories of pirate ship adventures where pirates fall overboard or walk the plank and they are chased by a shark and need to be rescued in the lifeboat. With more than two feet of space in the water table, your child can keep creating stories and adding toys to the water table for fun times while keeping cool in the summer sun.
Filling the Table

Filling the Table

Filling the Little Tikes Anchors Away PIrate Ship water table is super easy. On the bottom of the boat there is a plug. Ensure that the plug is firmly secure in the opening of the table. Once it is in place, all you have to do is use an ordinary garden hose to fill the table. It takes a matter of minutes to add the water to the table and then your child or children are ready to go and play as long as they want. The table only needs a few inches of water to be ready to go.
When playtime is over, all you have to do is pull the plug out of the table and the table will drain all the water out of the bottom and all over the area where the table is standing, so make sure the table is in a place where the water is safe to drain and won’t damage anything. Leave the table out to dry and then whenever your child is ready, refill the table and play time with the pirate ship can start all over again.
Group Play

Group Play

One of the best benefits of the Little Tikes Anchors Away Pirate Ship water table is that it promotes group play for your child and others. Whether it’s other siblings or other friends, your child can interact with other children in a setting where they can create stories together and make up scenarios together while having fun and communicating away from screen such as tablets, smartphones, or the television, which is what most parents use as a tool for entertaining and teaching their children. With “in real life” interaction with others, your child will begin to develop important social skills that will aid them when they are in school and beyond. Social play allows children to develop a sense of playing fair and playing well with others while learning how to compromise and share. When creating the pirate stories while they play, your child will be able to hear others’ ideas and implement them into the story and into playtime. This type of sharing and hearing others is great when children have to play together in school or collaborate on projects together. Being able to successfully collaborate can only yield success in your child’s educational and professional journeys.
Imagination Building

Imagination Building

The Little Tikes Anchors Away Pirate Ship water table is also a great way for your child to build their skill at imagination and problem solving. By having an opportunity to create stories out of thin air enables them to envision the world differently, which helps them pay attention better and helps them to be present in the moment. Using their imagination will help your child see problems and find ways to solve them. They will be able to write better and think faster as they create the story as they go along. They will also hear the ideas of other children and learn how to take a little bit of everything and successfully incorporate it into the story they are creating. Having your child use their own imagination to create a story as opposed to them just watching someone else’s story will help their minds develop faster and stronger and will make learning easy for them as they enter school and begin to learn the basics of their education.
Parental Concerns

Parental Concerns

Overall, parents have been completely pleased with the Little Tikes Anchors Away Pirate Ship water table. There were a few concerns by some parents. The table will not come assembled, and you will have to assemble the table yourself. Parents found that assembly was very easy. There are clearly marked areas where screws should go, however, there are no screw holes, so you will have to make the holes yourself. Parents found that having a power drill on hand made that process easier. Other parents found that some parts were missing upon delivery, so ensure that you have all the parts before you start putting the table together. The plug that keeps the water in did not fit on some of the tables, so parents had to make their own plug, but when the manufacturer was contacted, replacement parts came quick. Some parents also found that there was a small leak in the body of the table that caused the table to retain water on the inside. These occurrences were rare, however, be on the lookout when you purchase the table so that you can avoid any obstacles.
Price

Price

The Little Tikes Anchors Away Pirate Ship water table is not super expensive, but it does have a price tag. The table can fit into the budget of a lot of parents and is not over priced at all. The money you spend is right on target for the amount of time you will most likely own the table coupled with the benefits of social play and imagination building. Also, the table comes with so many accessories that your child can easily play with what comes with the table and not have to add any of their own toys to have a good time playing with the table. Putting the table together is also easy, and some parents have found that they had the table for up to four years, so the table becomes more of a fun investment for your child especially if you live in a climate where the table can be used all year round. It’s definitely worth considering, and it is definitely worth buying.

Conclusion

The Little Tikes Anchors Away Pirate Ship water table is a great buy for the parent who wants to keep their child safe while still allowing them to play in the water. Its design allows your child’s imagination to go wild as they create stories and scenarios for their toys as they battle pirates. Many parents have had the table for years and praise its ability to entertain while giving their children a place to play in the water and stay cool in the summer. Although it may be a bit expensive for some parents, it is not an expensive buy and should be purchased by the parent who wants their child to have fun, play with others, and use their imagination.
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