A DIY Sand and Water Table

DIY sand and water table

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!

Sand and Water Table Collage

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.

A DIY Sand and Water Table

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.

Playing with the sand and water table

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.

sand and water table fun

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  • Reply
    Vickie Rich
    August 7, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    Wow Jess it's amazing! You should be really proud of yourself for making it. Rosalie is a very lucky girl!

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    August 11, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    I've been looking forward to reading this post. It's amazing Jess, well done! I love that little corner in the garden, that's just what I'm after with a mud kitchen etc. I can see Rosalie having hours of fun out there. Do you take orders? πŸ˜‰
    Becky x

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    Jess Eliot
    August 17, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    I do feel very proud, and Rosalie has been having so much fun playing in it πŸ™‚

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    Jess Eliot
    August 17, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    Thanks Becky! I am so pleased with the end result. Rosalie seems to really love her littler corner and has spent lots of time playing with her sand & water. Good luck with your mud kitchen for Oliver xx

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