This is something I wrote on our family blog from last summer. It’s a great alternative to spending money on a store-bought water table. J’s is still just as entertained this year at 3 years old as last!
We’re still playing with water almost every time we head outside. I noticed that they sell water tables at all the stores but thought it was a little ridiculous to spend good money on a glorified bucket! So we made our own water table with what we had. All it required was pulling out a flat storage box (luckily it was just lying there empty under my bed) and J’s wagon. It’s a perfect fit! He loves it. And when there’s no shade, I just wheel the wagon into the garage.
I found that sand/water wheel last summer on clearance for $2. He played with it in the tub until this summer’s homemade water table.
Here he is trying to pour water into a dropper. Smart boy! Pouring is easier than manipulating the dropper to fill it up. Too bad the experiment wasn’t so successful.
He loves blowing bubbles
Pouring is much easier with a funnel!
I made some blue ice cubes that he liked scooping into the tub, stirring them, letting them melt in his hand, watching the water turn blue, and then refilling the tray to make more ice.