After seeing all my instagram mommas buy the pirate ship water table for their kids, I joined in and he does absolutely love it, and this tired super pregnant momma really enjoys keeping him entertained! After that, CB sent me a link to some water table ideas with sensory play, and since I still had a very dirty and crappy cheap water table from last year, I got it out, scrubbed it down and then went to Wal-Mart & Dollar Tree with a supply List.
From what we have done so far, I can say that it was totally worth it. Little expense, not near as messy or as complicated as I had anticipated.
Here is the blog where I got all my ideas from. She hosted a link up and all these fantastic creative mommas joined in to say what they do with their water tables.
Our First Day we did a " Swamp Sludge " Theme
- 8 packets of knox gelatin ( in jello aisle about 25 cents a packet)
- Food coloring
- Plastic swamp creatures $1 a bag from Dollar Tree
Jello takes about 3 hours to set, and since there is no sugar it is not sticky to play with! I made ours in a plastic bin. FYI, this gelatin STINKS ( imo) so if you can use a packet of koolaid to color it , it will smell better too.
Water Table Sensory Play : Foam & Paint
And still in his jammers because it is barely daylight, he is ready to play some more. He spent another hour with his swamp table and then we started over with a new activity.
Foam Shaving Cream, and frozen star shaped finger paints. I think this would have been cooler if it had been hot enough to melt the frozen paints faster. Either way he had a great time with it, made a huge mess and rubbed it all over his body from head to toe! Nothing like smelling like a cleanly shaven old dude when you're 2!
I also did a Marshmellow table. I have never bought marshmallows before ( that I can remember) so just FYI they come in a bazillion shapes and sizes and are about 93 cents a bag. Erik thought I spent a million dollars on marshmallows when he saw all of them but it was more like $4. HA
It was a hit with young kids as well as older ones.
Ocean Table with Purple Jello ( they had no blue koolaid power :(
Total Supply List:
- Knox Big Box of Gelatin 32 packets ($7.50)
- Food Coloring
- Couple bags of Marshmellows ( $1-1.50 each)
- couple packets of Kool-Aid
- Finger Paint if you don't already have
- Couple cans of shaving cream ($1 each)
- Baking Soda
- Spray Bottles (if you don't have any on hand)
- Package of swamp creatures
- Package of Ocean Creatures
- glass beads, plastic jewels or other sparkly things
- Plastic of Foam alphabet letters
- Package of Sea Shells
- Ice cube tray ( star shapes)
So all in all this a great way to make some cheap summer fun! Hope everyone has a great weekend and gets to try one of these out. That link above has tons of great ideas! ( glitter anyone ?)