How to Make a Super Simple Outdoor Water Sensory Table!

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How to Make a Super Simple Outdoor Water Sensory Table!

B loves playing with water. Give him a bowl of water and some cups, and he’ll be amused for ages. Now that the weather is picking up a bit, these type of play activities are so much easier. You can take everything outside and if they make a mess, it doesn’t matter. Things like these ice eggs and this forest sensory tray work really well outdoors too. We love mud kitchens too and we show you how to make a budget bud kitchen, using simple things from home and even an old desk!

Today we’re sharing a really simple water sensory activity. It’s so simple, you don’t even need a table.

Outdoor Water Sensory Table play ideas for kids

Step 1 – Find a small tray or dish

Basically find something that has a lip. A large tray will work, as do seed trays and plant dishes.

water sensory play using seed trays

Step 2 – Gather lots of pots and pans

You don’t need to buy anything new as, technically(!), everything can be washed afterwards. Grab some pots, pans, plastic dishes – whatever you have to hand. Tupperware, takeaway dishes and plastic containers work really well. Arrange them on the tray.

How to Make a Super Simple Outdoor Water Sensory Table

Test tubes work really well and I love these jumbo ones by Learning Resources.

jumbo test tubes for water sensory play

Step 3 – Find other things to play with

Think syringes, pipettes and The squeezy tubes that come with Calpol. That’s my technical term for them anyway. They probably have a name. Enlighten me on social media ey.

You can pick up pipettes for a few quid on Amazon here. And measuring cylinders can be a lot of fun too.

If you have any pump hand soaps that are empty, use these too. B finds these very fun.

using pipettes for water play

Step 4 – Spoons and Whisks

Grab some old spoons, whisks, wooden spoons. Anything you can use to mix.

If you don’t fancy using your best utensils, pick up a few bits in the pound shop or have a look at sets like this one by Melissa and Doug.

melissa and doug utensil set

Step 5 – Food Colouring

Now for the fun part. Fill your pots, pans and Tupperware with water and add some food colouring. I use one that doesn’t stain.

Step 6 – Glitter

If you want to take your water sensory tray a step further, add in some glitter. You can find lots of biodegradable and eco-glitters on Amazon here.using food colouring for fun water play ideasB absolutely loves tinkering with water. If the weather isn’t great, we often set up a water station at the sink too. Bubbles always work well too! Be sure to connect with us on social for more fun play ideas this summer. Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter!

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  1. Ah this is such a good idea. We have a sand and water table but i think my son is getting fed up with the same thing over and over so I might have a go at this next time he’s playing outside 🙂 Thanks! #KCACOLS

  2. We love a good bit of sensory water play and like you, anything goes really! I have some fan rainbow test tubes and some potion bottles and pippettes that are always a hit. Now the weather is getting better we will prob do it a bit more – out tuff tray has kinetic sand in it at the moment though! #kcacols

  3. My little boy would love this! I only need to give him a bucket of water and he’s at it like it’s the best toy in the world! This is really going to change things! #KCACOLS

  4. It is amazing how simple containers and water can keep children busy for hours, great idea for summer when they want to be outside all the time! #KCACOLS

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