DIY Water Table

DIY Water Table

Water tables are not cheap, a pain to store if like up you have short warm months, and for people in smaller houses, condos and apartments bulky even if they are being used. So this is an easy and fun way to play with water with simple toys and tools that can be used for other things as well. The bike helmet is optional.

  1. Gather your materials. You will need a plastic bin ( I got this one in the dish rack aisle at Walmart for under $3, some fun beach type toys like this water mill which I love because it is so dynamic and was bought at Target for $1.99, then a turkey baster, a silly funnel and measuring cups from my kitchen. Also water !DIY Water Table
  2. There aren’t many steps other than play outside, or place some towels down around it as well as have some handy if you are playing inside. DIY Water Table
  3. For more fun add ice cubes and/or bath toys.
  4. If you are doing this outside after your child has had enough , water your plants, grass and flowers!

Books About Water

Who sank the boat

Who Sank the Boat? by Pamela Allen is a funny little story about a group of animals trying to get into a little rowboat without capsizing. The reader is asked time and time again who they think sank the boat was it the big cow? The fat pig? you’ll have to read to find out. This would be a fun book to read while exploring a Sink and Float activity.

Big Red Tub

Big Red Tub by Julia Jarman is a silly tale with really great little subtle details. A brother and sister are in the tub splashing about when their dog jumps in. The fun continues with more and more animals jumping in the big red tub. Finally the tub breaks free from the bathroom and eventually ends up in space! It’s a fantasy but they come back down to reality when mom walks through the door , complete with briefcase while dad is in the background with the shampoo. I loved that detail, nothing is overt but for families with stay at home dads it’s a great shout out I think. Also if you look closely you will see some of the animals that jumped in the bath as toys, slippers and more strewn about the bathroom.

Water_Cover_book

Water by Tara McClintick  a preview can be read online here on memetales.  The book is a wordless collection of photos of water proceeded by a poem about water.  The photos include water in many different forms, a water fountain , pool, shower, glass of water and more. I love that it shows how water is used for so many purposes, delivered in so many different ways but are is always wet. Great basic book!

You May Also Like:

Sink or Float
Spring Sensory Tub
Ice Painting

Comments

  1. Brook says

    Thank-you for posting this great idea. I was about to go buy a big water table for my 3 boys, now they can each have their own!

    • admin says

      Big ones are great too – but things you can pop in the dishwasher if you say leave it outside for 3 weeks and it’s mucky is unbelievably convenient.

  2. says

    ours is one of those inflatable baby baths we got and never used, or we’ve used under the bed storage containers.

    homemade sandbox under the bed storage container with lid! perfect for LO’s to play, lid to keep out bugs, cats and rain!
    .-= welcome to our wonderland´s last blog ..Indivisible by Kristen Heitzmann =-.

  3. says

    We convert water activities into cleaning, watering plants and even bathing our doggie. So glad it is getting warm enough to get wet outside!

    Thank you for featuring the book Water :)

    • admin says

      You are welcome Maya ! Yes I know it’s been a long time coming for the PNW to have some nice weather!

      Christine- I have never made a water wall, can you share with readers what it is?

  4. says

    Love the helmet! My son was wearing a firefighter hat for about 4 hours the other day. We’ve got a sand and water table, but I prefer to keep the water activities separate so the water doesn’t get mucked up by the sand. My son LOVES to play with water, and he can easily sit for hours pouring, washing, splashing. That water mill is really neat looking!
    .-= Cara´s last blog ..Quiche Lorraine =-.

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