A water table has been on my WANT list for a long time and this year I finally indulged and bought one for the boys. I seriously have no regrets! Here is how we keep having fun with our water table again and again.
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So if you’ve considered buying a water table, I highly recommend it! We’ve only used it for water so far but I plan to use it for other sensory play ideas in the future. It is durable and provides so much imaginative play. There are also many opportunities for integrating learning. Today, we talked about the different objects that sink and float…super fun!
So why was I hesitant to buy one? Well, honestly, we have practically no storage available so I’ve always made it work with water buckets like this post I shared last summer but since the boys are both a bit bigger, a water table is more accessible. It gives the boys something to do when we are outside and I set it up right in our driveway which keeps them entertained for a long time.
Our water table came with a few toys but I’ve been brainstorming water table play ideas to keep my little guys entertained for a little bit longer.
Here are some of our water table play ideas:
Reusable Ice Cubes
Honestly, I’m not quite sure of the proper term for these ice cubes. But, you know the plastic cubes that can be used again and again and come in fun shapes. Well, they’re perfect. I keep them in the bottom of the freezer and plop them in the water table when we go out to play.
Squishy, squishy and fun! The boys squish the water into the buckets and sometimes scrub the outside of the house. They feel good and are perfect for those tactile sensory seekers like my toddler.
Similar to the sponge concept. The boys like to dip the paintbrush into the water and paint the driveway or the house. I picked up our paintbrushes at the dollar store and they’re good for rainy days as well (see rainy day fun with kids post)!
Bath Loofah Sponge
These came in a package of 4 for $1 at the Dollar Tree. These are great to toss in to keep water table play new and exciting.
Of course, toys designed for the pool or bath are also fun. We’ve ended up with just an assortment of things and the boys especially like little cups or buckets to pour the water from one into another.
Have your kids used a water table? How did you keep water table play exciting?