Last month we joined in with the outside play – chalk party and enjoyed it so much that we have joined in again. This month we are cohosting a Outside Play – Water party.

I love water – I’m a water baby and so are J and T. So last year when T was only 5 months old and J coming up to 2 we were asked what to get J for his birthday and the top of the list – a water table. I’ve seen some gorgeous DIY one’s and indoors we use the old baby bath for water play – however for outside I wanted one that was purpose built and we could add sand etc… with.

Water table play in the winter
Adding warm water to a water table means that you can have water fun year around in the garden

Water is such an important part of our outdooor play that we have used the water table year around. In the winter I filled it with warm water and J and T played in it. As Spring and Summer (I believe we’ve had a few days) we have added water and I just leave J and T to play in it – free play is vital for children and this is one thing that I can guarantee that they will play happily at for hours.

Water Table Spring Play
Adding different toys – like boats, water wheel, watering cans changes the way that toddlers and preschoolers play with the water table

I’ve seen it be used as a pirate lake, had sand and mud added to it in a mud making experiment or so J told me he was doing, used to make cake with stones, sand, grass and daisies and just played with. T loves filling up containers with the water and then pouring it out again.

Water Table Summer Play
We added bubble mix to the water and made it frothy to look like the white horses on waves and then our water table became a sea with large tug boats

It’s such a simple thing and yet it’s being one of our best presents and I can just see the imaginative play get more intricate as they both get older.

Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.


  1. Water play is a favorite at our house. I have always wanted a water table, but we make do with trays of water. In fact, Miss E was playing for over an hour with a tray of water and her animals outside.

    Thank you for sharing at the Outdoor Play Party!

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