Don’t let playing with the water table get boring! There are a lot of fun water table activities you can do that get kids interested again.
Water tables are the best things ever!! I was so happy with all of the water toys we had, but the table was the best. Even better, in my opinion, than the sand box.
We did so many different things with our water table beyond the normal . . . add water, some scoops and pails, and let them play.
Here are some cool ideas for you to try with your kids. They are great for toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarten age of course, but don’t be surprised if your older child wants to get in on the fun as well!
Let them come up with their own ideas too. You may just be surprised at how many things they will add to their table.
You will find water-based play, but be open to using the table for other ideas as well. I added a few where you add dirt or sand instead of just water.
Water Table Activities
Here are some wonderful activities to do with your water table. Kids love playing with them, but adding a few new ideas once in a while really keeps them interested.
One nice thing about these tables is that once kids get started they play with them for a long time.
Check out these simple water table ideas that will add some fun to the backyard.
Water Activities Without a Pool!
Be sure to check out this post. It has a lot of fun ideas for water fun when you don't have a pool. I also included some neat tables and water table accessories in there as well for even more water activity ideas.
Floating Balls Water Table Play
So simple, yet this is a winner. The colorful balls and shallow water are great for toddlers.
Small World Farm Animal Washing Station Activity
Scrub a dub dub! Turn your table into a very cute washing station for farm animals. Of course, you can use any animals or even cars to try this.
Small World: Building Site
What a great idea! Take a construction play set and use it in your water table. You can add sand, rocks, water and even more such as a muddy area. Another idea which we did was to use sticks as logs.
Foamy Soap Sensory Play
Everyone loves this! It is a great sensory activity. From the very young child to much older kids, they all love to dip their hands in foamy soap.
Ocean Play in the Water Table
Water beads are a favorite of ours, so when we saw this neat ocean scene set up we had to share. Very easy to pull together and a whole lot of fun to play with.
Playing with Letters in Water
Need to help a child learn their letters? Or perhaps you would like to get them spelling simple words. This is the activity for you. Foam letters dumped into the water float making this even more fun. Add little scoops for them to pick up the letters. You can make a game out of it.
Dinosaur Small World Idea
Need a water free play time? Try this dinosaur table by adding in some sand or dirt, plants, and dinosaurs.
Sensory Spring Water Table
It is super simple to add some flowers or leaves or even dandelions to a water table. Not only can it be beautiful, but it can also be fun.
Kids can use them to race across the water like they did, which sounds like a great idea.
Ice Water Table Activity
If you get a hot streak in the weather, try this! Ice will cool everyone down. It is also slippery and a hoot to play with. If you wanted to, you could also add in some salt to make it melt. That way they get to learn a bit of science as well.
Pom Pom Water Table Activity
This one is sooo colorful, isn't it? When the pom poms get wet they are squishy too so it is a nice sensory activity.
DIY Sand and Water Tables You Need in Your Backyard!
If you are looking for additional water table or sand table ideas check out this DIY post. There are a lot of neat ones in there. I loved our water table but I did wish it was bigger. Some of these cover that!
I hope you found some fun water table activities to try!