This past weekend, we had a house full of nephews.
One was with us for the weekend, the other two were "visiting" while my brother-in-law and NZ installed new headlights on their vehicle. It was a gorgeous day outside, so my 4 year-old nephew and I made a quick run to the Dollar Tree to find some toys for outside play to add to my arsenal of outside-activities.
We found a pack of play dinosaurs, and a pack of squirting fish toys. $2 for afternoon entertainment? Sure.
Here's what we did with the dinosaurs...
We filled an under-bed storage container with water tinted blue ( just one drop liquid food color), and added some rinsed off rocks we have left over from another project. He decided that they dinosaurs needed two islands, so he separated the rocks into two piles, and made a dinosaur habitat.
We used a second under-bed storage container to make a water table. I love the under-bed containers because they are shallow enough, and can jut be dumped out and re-used for storage when playtime is over.
The second water table was limited to the squirt toys & float toys I had on hand.
( Aunt Brie's rule: NO ROCKS or DIRT in the water table) and my 3 year-old nephew loved it. He transferred water from the water table with the squirt toys into the dinosaur habitat. How's that for utilizing his fine motor skills and not even knowing it? I didn't get a picture of the water play table, but it kept the 3 year-old entertained for a good hour and a half.
Easy, peasy. DIY water table in less than 10 minutes.
I like that!