Monday, May 24, 2010

Make Your Own Water Table!


It is getting HOT here! And that means more time outside playing with water! I would LOVE to have a water table but I do not want to spend the $30-$60 to get one... so I made my own for FREE! I had ALL of this stuff at my house and I bet you do too!

Here is what you will need to make a little water table!
One big storage tote ( This is a sweater tote 41 gallon... but use you what you have!)
Water
Cookie sheet to act as a tray
Various water toys/cups:
Measuring cups
mini-strainer
watering can
foam fish stickers
bath toys

I looked around my kitchen and bathroom for about 5 minutes and found lots of fun things


I placed my big storage tote on two outdoor foot stools (little tables or chairs would work too. Or you could just leave it on the ground!) I filled it up with water and put all the toys in to play. All done! It is all ready to play with!

You can scoop out some fish with the net (mini-strainer)

Or pour water out of the watering can


Or watch your little one have hours of fun with the water!

It was a great summer activity. My son had SOOOOO MUCH fun! He was soaking wet too, so next time I think I will put him in his swim suit!
***Edited to add***
The other great thing about this water table is that it is easy to store! Just put all of your stuff back and store some stuff in your tote and you are set! Thanks Melissa for bringing this up! :)





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29 comments :

Melissa said...

The wonderful thing about your table is you can dismantle it and reuse it later plus while you may have to collect things to make it, it is a heck of a lot easier to store.

Michelle said...

oooh i looove that!! My kids love playing with water! Thanks for the great idea!

Michelle
http://sweettattletales.blogspot.com

Life in Rehab said...

That's really cute!

Dawn said...

great idea! my kids love playing in water and will love this over the summer!!

Emily said...

So great! I did the same thing until the dogs managed to destroy the container. In search of an inexpensive replacement I found a tub used for mixing concrete at a home improvement store. It was $5! The only downside is that it's black and not clear, but the kiddo doesn't seem to mind! :) Yay for crafty mommies!

Lynette @ My Craft Discovery said...

I love this idea! I'll definitely have to do this once I have kiddos. Another fun thing you can do with a "water table," is drain the water and use dry rice, beans, or corn in it. This could be a "rainy day," or cold day inside activity.

Punken said...

What an awesome idea..... my boys are always playing in the animal water and I have wanted to get them one of those tables but they are so darn expensive!

Thanks

elizabeth @ twelvecrafts said...

This is super! My kids will LOVE it! And I will to because it's simple, practical and free.

Rory from Tools Are For Women Too! said...

Nice project. I would love it if you would link this up in Modern Craftswoman Monday. Very well done. Rory

Nicole said...

love it! am going to make one this afternoon!

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Pinkie said...

Thanks for posting this. It gives me alot of ideas. I think I might also get a 2nd one and maybe make a sand box, too.

malia said...

What a clever idea... thanks for sharing it!
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Suze said...

AWESSSSOME!!! I'm makin' mine today!

Rory from Tools Are For Women Too! said...

Thanks for sharing this idea...you are one creative Mom...and helping to make this the most successful Modern Craftswoman Monday so far! Rory

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Sheri@childmade.com said...

LOL! My neighbor's little girl was just playing in hers today. It's amazing how much fun they can have, and it's perfect since it's already so hot here. Thanks for sharing ... I've posted a link.

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Christina said...

Thank you for reminding me of this. I did this with my oldest but hadn't thought to put one together for my third. That was back when my brain still had time to think.

Debbie said...

This is such a great idea! Will definitely have to use it when the grandson is here!

Thank you!
Debbie

AUDRA said...

I've been trying to come up with a way for my girls to clean their toys, this would be PERFECT for that!

I would LOVE if you could link this up to my new link party

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Kathryn said...

This is such a great idea..thank you so much for sharing. We live in Phoenix and I've been toying with buying a water table before our first 100 degree day hits. Now I don't have to spend the money! Thank you!

Melanie said...

Brilliant! I have wanted a water table for awhile but didn't want to spend the money. This is a great idea! It's so hot outside today I think I am going to do this today!

Shel at Dreamy Nest said...

So simply brilliant!
I'm having one of my "why didn't I think of that!!" moments....

mommy2luke2008 said...

Love this idea!! So much cheaper than buying a water table and just as fun!! I featured this on my friday favorites!
http://lilbitofus.blogspot.com/2010/05/friday-favorites_28.html

Jenn @ Delicious Ambiguity said...

Great idea! And so much cheaper than buying one. I wish I had thought of this before I purchased a table for my son-it was like $100 on sale. I'd love it if you'd come link up to Tot Tuesdays. Have a great week!

Amy said...

Love it! We use plastic under-the- bed storage boxes with lids for sand and water play.

Stephanie Cameron said...

Super duper great idea!

Lenetta @ Nettacow said...

Awesome idea - I linked to this on my weekly roundup. My little one loves playing in water - I've just been setting her up with a bucket and a toy watering can thus far. :>)

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