Peanut is a water baby. She would play in water for hours if I would let her. Water tables are a great way to get in some water play, even if your water table is just a big plastic tub!
I got lucky one day on my way home from work. I drove by a daycare that was going out of business. Outside the building they had all kinds of preschool equipment lined up for sale. Climbers, water tables, picnic tables, everything! And even better for me, everything was on sale for cheap. I was able to pick up a water and sand table, similar to the one below, for $20 that was in great shape! You can get a smaller table for around $30, but they’re usually fill of toys the manufacturer thought would be good in a water table and you can’t fill your table with your on toys. I recommend watching Craigslist or the news paper to try to find a water table for a great price. Otherwise, you can just get a large tub for water play.
Water Table or large tub
Plastic plates and bowls
Plastic spoon and forks
Tear-Free Bubble Bath
I opted to use bubble bath for our dishwashing liquid so if Peanut happened to get any in her eyes, it wouldn’t hurt. I filled the water table, stripped Peanut down to her diaper, and tossed everything in. Peanut couldn’t wait to get into the fun. She spent forever getting her dishes sparkling clean.
She even tried to get herself clean a few times, as you can see. She even ended up getting the dog bowls by her self and “cleaning” them. Then she started putting dishes on the ground and dumping water into them. Well, really more dumping it all over herself and trying to pour it in a dish.
Vocabulary used during play:
“Look at all those suds!”
“Use some soap to get your dishes clean.”
“You’re dumping the water everywhere.”
“You’re all wet!”
“There are lots of bubbles.”
It was easy to set up this activity and I think Peanut would do it every day. This one is great for hot days and to keep in your arsenal! I think I might even pick up a scrub brush from the dollar store for her to use next time!