DIY Water Table and More

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DIY Water Table

I found this DIY Farmhouse Water Table when my oldest daughter was 18 months old from “Bumble and Bean”, and I knew it was the perfect water table! My awesome Dad and husband put my dreams to reality and built it for me. We have used it almost every week since then 3 years ago!

I mean come on, what good looking men trying to make this girl’s dreams come true!

I mean come on, what good looking men trying to make this girl’s dreams come true!

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

When looking for an ideal water table for your home you want one that is light and easy to carry so you can move it inside, outside, or in and out of the garage or storage. Make sure that the height of your water table is low enough so that an 18 month old can reach in the bins without any difficulty. You also want one that has removable bins. This is a crucial element, because it makes clean up go a lot smoother. Simply remove the bins and dump them in to ziplock bags or in the sink to wash. This is also convenient if you are adding a lot of different sensory items to your bins. We keep different bins with different sensory items in them with their associated lids and can easily store our various sensory items and change them in and out of our water table.

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IKEA Water Table

Now, if DIY isn’t quite your thing, that’s okay, because I just discovered this perfect affordable little water table from IKEA! This water table is slightly smaller however, so if you want multiple children using your water table, Bumble and Bean’s may be a better fit for you. We spent close to $50 building our water table and this one is $49 with the bins sold separate. I love how the wooden closure can easily be placed on top of this one! With the water table we built, I am unable to use the bin lids while the bins are in the water table, so this is a nice bonus! Honestly, with how often we use our water table, I might like to have both options! I would make keep this one inside for indoor sensory and the DIY water table outside for outdoor sensory. Seriously both are excellent options and I’m sure you and your little ones will use it over and over again!

Click  here  to view IKEA water table online!

Click here to view IKEA water table online!