70 + Fun Water Table Play Ideas for Kids + Best Water Tables
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Summer is upon us!
I love summer, don’t you?
Settling down, barbecuing in the backyard, and watching littles play while we all enjoy the sun!
So much fun. 🙂
My oldest is 7 and my youngest is 4 right now.
Both, just turned that age from 6 and 3!!
It goes by so quickly.
And, we definitely have been through our fair share of water tables, water toys, water sensory table ideas, table activities and water play for kids!
So, in this post I want to talk about some water tables we’ve had the pleasure of using and have loved, some of the popular ones we have in our cart but haven’t purchased just yet and the ones my friends use and love!
In addition, I’d like to also bring up some water table play ideas!
So, let’s get right into it, shall we?
What do you put in a water table?
Water tables are amazing!
You definitely don’t need to include only water within it.
Improvise with other bases. Here are some off the top of my head:
The list goes on and on..
Some manipulatives you can add to some of these bases within your toddler water table:
Their construction toys
Natures fallen flowers or leaves
There are literally so many fun bases and manipulatives you can add into a water table that doesn’t involve only water! 🙂
What should be in a preschool water table?
Preschoolers can have fun playing while learning!
You can maybe work on the color red and only add red items within the water table.
Some red items can be:
Red squishy toys (crab, lobster, apple)
Red pom poms
Red spoons and scooping tools
Red fruits and vegetables
These are some ideas of how you can turn your preschoolers water table educational by adding only red items one day and learning about them while playing!
Then, maybe the next day you can work on the color blue!
You can also practice counting.
Add in 10 of the same toy item or 10 pom poms.
Then, scoop them up with a childrens scooper toy and a plastic bowl!
What is the best water table?
There are so many water tables.
Here are some ideas:
DIY water table
Water tables for toddlers
Here are some of the best water tables:
Best water table for 1 year old
Water table for 1 year old ideas we love (Supervision is required):
Toddler water table ideas:
Below are some toddler water tables we love!
Preschool water table ideas:
Children’s water table ideas:
Here are some water activity table for kids ideas:
Our favorite all around children’s sensory table (stand shown below and bin right under it; 2 pieces)
How do you make a water table?
How to make a water table for toddler and for kids?
We have not made a water table for toddlers and for kids before but there are many different ways you can diy a water table.
How to make a water table:
You’ll need a bucket, pvc pipes and elbow joints for attachment.
Depending on your bucket size, will allow you to know the exact measurements for your PVC table!
Here are some DIY PVC tables others have made that may be helpful:
PVC Pipe Sand and Water Table – Frugal Fun 4 Boys
Here is a PVC Pipe sprinkler and waterslide by Preschool Inspirations
Another fun DIY water table idea is to create one with wood.
Again, depending on the size of your bucket(s), will determine the size of the wood pieces you’ll need to get.
Here is one DIY wooden water/sand table idea that may also be helpful if you choose this route:
DIY Sand and Water Table – Jen Wood House
What do you fill a sensory table with?
Much like water tables, sensory tables are somewhat the same but also very different.
Water tables only include water as a base.
Sensory tables can include water or any sensory material as a base.
Some ideas for filling up a sensory table with are as follows:
Mud and/or dirt
Dyed beans, rice, pasta for sensory play
Water and soap
These are some sensory bases that will work well for a sensory table! 🙂
What can you put in a sand table instead of sand?
Many different items and manipulatives can be put in a sand and water table instead of sand!
Alternatives for sand in a sandbox can be:
What are the benefits of water play?
Water play, much like sensory play is loaded with benefits.
It stimulates the senses and helps children learn, calm down and engage in their creativity and use their imagination.
They are learning new ideas as they are playing with a sensory water table and exploring fun things to do in water.
To read about the benefits of sensory play and for over 100 sensory play ideas, check out this post!
To check out more sensory table ideas, ideas for water play, sensory water table ideas and toys for water table play keep on reading..
Water play ideas for playing with a sensory water table
So, we’ve reached the part of the post where we talk about water activity table ideas your littles can try with their water tables!
I am going to list some ideas below of kids activity table ideas, and water play ideas you can try in a water table by these categories:
Toddler water table ideas
Sensory table activities toddlers
Water Table activities for preschoolers
Pre k sensory table ideas
Kids activity play table ideas
Rice sensory table ideas
Toys for water table
Water Table Activities for Toddlers
Here are toddler water play activities, toddler water play station ideas, toddler table activities, and all in all play table ideas for toddlers:
Fishing for Letters – Active Littles
Bubble Foam Water Table – Busy Toddler
Water Table Kitchen – Happy Toddler Playtime
Construction Play Water Table – For the Love of Learning
Pom Pom Water Table – Happy Toddler Playtime
Frozen Water Table – Teaching 2 and 3 year Olds
Dinosaur World Water Table – No Time for Flashcards
Fine Motor Water Activity – Playdough to Plato
Water play for Toddlers – Raising Dragons
Colored Scented Shaving Cream in Water Table – Simple Fun for Kids
Floating Rainbow Balls in Water Table – Simple Fun for Kids
Farm Animal Washing Station Water Table – Coffee Cups and Crayons
Reusable Ice Cubes, Sponges Water Table – Simply Sweet Days
Sensory Table Activities Toddlers
Here are activity table ideas for 2 year olds:
Pom Pom Water Play – Active Littles
Beach sensory Play Water Table – Fantastic Fun and Learning
Apple Water Scoop – Days with Grey
Colored Ice – Fun A Day
Process Art Painting the Water Table – Simple Fun for Kids
Little Builders Water Table – Mom Always Finds Out
Blowing Bubbles Sensory Play – Hello Wonderful
Dinosaur Mud Play Water Table – Play Teach Repeat
Swamp Sensory Tub – No Time for Flashcards
Water Activities for Toddlers – How We Montessori
Color Water Sorting Bin – Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds
Water Table Activities for Preschoolers
Below are preschool water table activities:
Water Table Activities for Toddlers and for Preschoolers – Active Littles
Small World Water Table – Fantastic Fun and Learning
Ocean Sensory Table – Stir the Wonder
Dinosaur Small World Water Table – Fantastic Fun and Learning
Pouring Water Activity – Hands on as we Grow
Exploring in the Water Table – No Time for Flashcards
Stamps in the water table – How Wee Learn
Baking Soda Letters in the Water Table – Simple Fun for Kids
Alphabet Soup Sensory Bin – Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds
Experimenting with water beads – Happily Ever Mom
Sand and Water Table – Gryphon House
Preschool Water Activities – Normal Life Mom
Pre K Sensory Table Ideas
Below are sensory activities for 3 4 year olds:
Bugs Preschool Sensory Bin – Active Littles
Frog Life Cycle Sensory Table – Coffee Cups and Crayons
Marshmallow Sensory Play – Fantastic Fun and Learning
Vegetable Soup Bath – Happy Toddler Playtime
Rock Soup Sensory Activity – Happy Toddler Playtime
Simple Boats in the Water Table – Simple Fun for Kids
5 Little Ducks Sensory Play – Messy Little Monster
Toy Wash – Happy Hooligans
Blooming Paper Flower Experiment – Active Littles
Rainbow Sensory Foam – Active Littles
Lima Beans Sensory Bin – Active Littles
Kids Outdoor Water Table Activity Play Ideas
Arctic Animals Land vs Ocean – Montessori from the Heart
Learning with Siphons in Water Table – How Wee Learn
Water Pollution Activity – Natural Beach Living
Water Table Experiment – Stir the Wonder
Fun Ocean Sensory Bin – Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds
Water Fun with Babies and Toddlers – The Educators Spin on It
Lego Water Play Idea – Make and Take
Turtle Water Table – Craftulate
Sponges in the Water Table – Things to Share and Remember
Literacy Based Water Table Idea – The Kindergarten Connection
Spring Water Table – Simple Play Ideas
Small World Play with Polar Bears – Simple Play Ideas
Water Table Play Prop Ideas – Mess for Less
Rice Sensory Table Ideas
Rice Sensory Bin for Early Learning – Active Littles
Caps and Rice Sensory Bin – Happy Toddler Playtime
ABC Rice – Busy Toddler
My Little Pony Rice Sensory Play – My Small Potatoes
Popsicles and Play – Small World Rice Pond
Rice and Ice Sensory Activity – Learning 4 Kids
Tropical Fruits Sensory Rice – Fun Littles
Ocean Sensory Play – The Imagination Tree
Letter Magnets Rice Sensory Play – Thrift Smart
Digging Up Letters – Teach Preschool
Summer Camp Rice – Active Littles
Water Play Table Toys for Preschoolers and for Kids
Here are toy ideas for water table’s:
Water table toddler play toy ideas:
Preschool water table toy ideas: