Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Easy to Make Water Table For Daycare Sensory Play

Last Friday morning was a beautiful one with a quiet little breeze and slightly over-cast skies.  For a little while we only had a couple of kids so we let them play on the deck, one at a time, supervised by my daughter.
Earlier this spring we purchased a set of patio furniture, something we've been wanting to do for quite a few years.  Lounging on the loveseat with a book in hand, is a wonderful way to spend the evening (especially since the mosquitoes haven't been too bad....yet).
The patio coffee table really came in handy today!  It allowed us to create a "water table space" for the daycare kids!
No special, or expensive supplies needed!  We bought a Sterilite brand, under-the-bed, storage box to use as a "sensory bin".  We fill this bin with all kinds of fun objects throughout the year.  Everything from aquarium gravel to puff balls of many colors.  Today, it held water.  The party tray is from our local party store, but any tray or small box will work, to hold fun objects that can be played with in the water. 
The kids LOVED it! The plastic Easter eggs were their favorite, along with the sea creatures. 
 We decided not to use the whitish gray rocks (seen under the dolphin, below) for fear they might crack the table's glass top (duh, Jen).  The farm animal ducks we found at Hobby Lobby.
So that's how we do a sensory-water table at our house.  It's really nothing fancy, but still a lot of fun!
Next time I might add a water wheel, and some sponges for the kids to play with, along with some measuring cups and spoons.
Until another time, have a happy day!  And enjoy the summer!

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