Friday, 23 March 2012

DIY practical life water table

I've been looking at water play tables for a while now but I can't believe how expensive they are so, as always, I set about trying to come up with a cheaper home made version.
These tables are great for all kinds of transferring activities, water play, sand play, as a pretend kitchen and sorting activities (and probably many other things that we haven't discovered yet).

There is nothing too complicated with this project other than the use of a jigsaw to cut the table. 

To make the table I bought a Sundvik table from IKEA for 30 euros - there were cheaper alternatives that probably would have worked but I paid a little extra for a nice sturdy table. 
As an interesting side note I have to say how much fun it is shopping in IKEA when you are with a Swedish person who can tell you what all of the funny names mean.  Some of them really are quite random but in this case Sundvik means a 'health bay'.

something amazing happened whilst we were looking at the instructions - Freddy coloured in his first picture! He literally went from complete scribbles to the colouring below overnight!
Henry sat in the box whilst the contents were inspected...
Hubby cut two holes into the table top after much measuring and chin rubbing.  The size of the holes was such that the two metal bowls that we bought from ASDA (for £1 each) would fit in just right.  The bowls are great because they have a nice wide lip around them but you could use a washing up bowls or plastic box just as easily.
Then the table was assembled as per the wonderful Swedish instructions..
We were obviously excited to take the table for an immediate test drive so I put some hazelnuts in one of the bowls and gave Freddy (27 months) a big metal spoon to transfer them from one side to the other.
 Which went really well....
Until he realised that he could just pick up one of the bowls and pour the contents into the other - you can't fault his logic!
  
But that aside the table is fantastic and we are going to have many hours of fun with it I'm sure! 

Linked up to the wonderful Living Montessori Now.

7 comments:

  1. Gotta love IKEA! Love this table. I too am looking for a water table, but they are craay expensive. Thank you so much for the idea!

    Thanks for linking up to the weekly kids co-op! I'm going to feature this on my blog next Friday on the linky party!

    www.dirtandboogers.blogspot.com

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    1. Hey thanks for featuring my table! It's always appreciated :)

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  2. Oh how I wish we had an IKEA. Lovely table!!

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    1. Thanks! I must admit I thought that there were IKEAs everywhere.

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  3. I didn't know Ikea had this! Road trip!

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  4. What a great idea ... and how wonderful that your husband got involved! Your table looks so professional! Thanks for linking up with Montessori Monday. I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/LivingMontessoriNow

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  5. I have had this exact idea but have yet to do it! We have an Ikea coffee table that I got for free (Yay Craigslist) years ago. I've been using it as an art table for our daughter (from age 1.5-2 years old) but she loves water works. We have a big green plastic bin that I was telling my husband that I want inserted into the table, just like you folks have done. What's the trick to cutting the holes? We live in an apartment so the carpentry projects that he's done have been very limited.

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