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Looking for a fun and simple summer activity? Check out our beach water table!

 

When my kids were little, we lived hours away from the nearest beach. One hot summer day, we set up some beach-themed play for the girls and some of their friends. We put a beach umbrella up in the living room with towels on the floor, turned on some surf music, and created this fun invitation to play using our water table.

Our girls have always been big fans of sensory play, but this was the first time I set up a theme in their water table. Living nowhere near a beach, I picked up some decorative sand and seashells at the craft store.

After we filled up one side with cool water, I dropped the shells in. (Such a fun contrast to the floating boat!) Then, I spread a thin layer of sand on the other side and added a handful of smooth stones for counting. I chose not to use a lot of sand because I knew they would be mixed rather quickly.

The beach water table was a BIG hit with our kids and their friends. Through hands-on play, they were able to explore:

 

  • Which objects sink, and which objects float?
  • Are any of the shells the same?
  • What happens when the sand gets wet?
Easy Beach Water Table for Sensory Play
Must-Have Sensory Bin Accessories | tactile activities, hands-on learning, sensory materials, learning through play, sensory exploration

While they no longer make the water table we used for this activity, I’ve read good things about the one linked below! (And how nice that you can cover the sand to keep bugs and small critters out?) I keep thinking of all the other ways you can use it for sensory play.

Sensory Play Gift Guide for Kids

If you’re thinking about setting up a beach water table, here are some ideas!

 

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Must-Have Sensory Bin Accessories | tactile activities, hands-on learning, sensory materials, learning through play, sensory exploration

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