We’ve been enjoying delightfully warm weather this week. The warm temperatures mean that we can finally use our water table for wet and messy outdoor fun again. We kicked off water table season with a sparkly and fizzy sensory activity.
This is our take on the classic vinegar and baking soda experiment/activity.
We began by tossing handfuls of blue plastic gems into the water table. Peanut (35 months) then added baking soda. Just for the heck of it, we sprinkled glitter over everything. Obviously, you can replicate this activity without the glitter but I’m a sucker for sparkle so I use it whenever I can.
I gave Peanut and his friend (28 months) spray bottles and containers filled with vinegar, which I’d colored with food coloring.
The bubbly reaction of baking soda and vinegar together proved irresistible for little hands.
When the kiddos had used all their vinegar I filled up the containers with water and gave them scoops and spoons. This extended the activity for much longer than if we’d called it quits after all the vinegar was gone.
Since spring arrived I’ve been having fun thinking about all the ways we can play at the water table this year. For inspiration, I’ve rounded up some creative water table activities and included links to them below. I hope they inspire you too!
Sensory Activities at the Water Table:
- Swamp Sensory Tub from No Time For Flashcards
- Shaving Cream and Ice Paint from Growing A Jeweled Rose
- Ice Princess Sensory World from Growing A Jeweled Rose
- Marshmallow Sensory Play from Fantastic Fun and Learning
Water Table Activities for Toddlers:
- Water Fun With Babies and Toddlers from The Educators’ Spin On It.
- Alphabet Soup from My Nearest and Dearest (a favorite from last fall)
- Water Table Car Wash from Thrive 360 Living
Water Table Activities Using Natural Materials:
- Beachcombing at the Water Table from My Nearest and Dearest
- Fall Sensory Table from Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails
- Painting Pinecones from My Nearest and Dearest
- Pinecones and Tree Branches from Fun-A-Day
How will you play at the water table this spring and summer?
Thanks for reading!
This is the water table we use and love!