DS is 21 months and we are getting him a water table. I think he would pretty much destroy the sand table, but I do want to get him one of those too when he is a little older.
I just bought one. We have only used it TWICE and maybe my kids are just nuts, but this was our experience:
My daughter sat on the table, in the water
She also drank the water like a cat (face down...)
My son tipped it over at one point
Expect the kids to MIX the sand and water
dry beans and rice are fun but expect to find dry rice in your yard weeks after this adventure...
Basically, they looked nothing like the kids in the picture, all clean, and dry, but they were happy LOL
I don't have one.
Looking at them though. The first one looks like it has easier access to the sand/water and you could put shovels, small buckets, a rake, maybe little plastic bugs, a sand tool thing with the open top and the spin thing in the middle, etc.
The second one looks busy.
I vote the first one. Can I ask where you found it?
I don't...but I worked at day cares with sensory tables.
If you are going with sand, make sure the table comes with a cover/lid to keep out nasties. We have a lot of stray cats in area and they would LOVE that. A positive would be she can play with it even when the weather cools.
If you want both, there are ones with half sand and half water. This could be messy though, but a better sensory experience for her.
The water one would need you to change her clothes, change the water, and would probably would be too much hassle for me if I am just looking to sitting out for a little bit.
I think I would pick the sand, providing it has a lid.
Just thought too, I don't know if you have the space, but we got a little plastic hard shell pool for $15 at a local pharmacy. It's easy to clean when done and can prop up on it's side out of the way. So you could possibly have both sand and water if you wanted.
<blockquote><b>Quoting .chele.:</b>" We plan to use birdseed instead of sand, so if anything spills over...it'll be eaten. A lid is a must too. I still have a bunch of research...I was hoping for more suggestions! :)"</blockquote>
Birdseed is a cute idea. I might be stealing it too.
We have that second table! My kids absolutely love it. I wouldn't recommend putting both sand & water cos' it will end up a mud table instead haha. Right now we have sand in it and they play in it every day. I even bought them a trampoline and they still prefer the sand table!
we have the "boy" version of this one.
the little water wheel thing comes apart in a few pieces and never stays on the table.
i'd fill mine with several big pots of warm water and set it out side. i usually have to refill it several times --- kids love tipping it over, sitting in it -- watering the plants -- etc etc. its perfect for a 20 month baby!