When the weather started warming up I was setting out a bowl of water in the garden for Rosalie to play with each day. She seemed to really enjoy splashing around, scooping, pouring and washing up. But I thought the little washing up bowl was a bit small and didn’t give much scope for grander experiments.
I also thought it would be good fun for Rosalie to have some sand to play with; but given the neighbourhood cats’ penchant for using our garden as their litter tray, I was none too keen on a sandpit. So I decided a sand and water table would be just the thing.
After searching around online I couldn’t really see anything that fitted the vision in my mind of what I wanted; and those tables that did come close seemed wildly expensive.
So I hit upon the idea of making my own! After a bit of internet research I stumbled across this DIY farmhouse sand and water table which included detailed plans.
The bins I purchased weren’t the same size as those used in the plans, and I wanted my table to be a square rather than a rectangle, so I heavily adapted the plans, but without them I’d have never figured all the joints!
My bins also didn’t come with lids, so I designed some lids myself using slats of wood. So far they are working well – they haven’t blown off in the strong winds, and they haven’t let any of the heavy rain in and of course they are cat-proof too! With the lids on the play table is transformed into a useful little outdoor table too.
Rosalie has been having such fun in the garden playing with her new sand and water table, and it’s so easy for me to just pop out and whip the lids off for her and then she’ll happily mess around in the sand and water for a good while before getting bored.
Although she still likes my help with making sand cakes and sand castles, which I am more than happy to join in with. Isn’t that one of the best things about having a toddler? You can do all those silly childish things you are supposed to have grown out of!
We’ve also created a new play area in the garden, which at the moment has the sand and water table and the play logs we got from Grandad. I’m really pleased with how it’s all turned out and hopefully Rosalie will have many hours of fun out here.