I’ve been in love with the DIY sensory table my daughter-in-law and I put together last September. Adding to its awesomeness is the fact that it can work as a DIY water table, too. So I decided to put together a patriotic water table with red, white, and blue activities for my 2½-year-old granddaughter, Zoey, this summer. (Note: If you live outside the United States, you can put together a water table with the colors of your country’s flag.)
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Awesome DIY Water Table with Red, White, and Blue Activities – YouTube Video
Zoey has so much fun with this … as you can see in the video!
DIY Water Table with Red, White, and Blue Activities
My DIY sensory table has been AMAZING! It was inexpensive to make, sturdy (still looks like new), and so versatile!
Materials Used for DIY Water Table with Red, White, and Blue Activities
I already had all the materials needed for this in my kitchen or in my educational materials bins, so I didn’t need to buy anything. I’ll add links where I can.
- DIY sensory table or water table (While I love using this as a table, you can just use the container on the floor.)
- plain water
- red and blue ice cube trays (I got mine at the Dollar Tree a couple of years ago.)
- measuring cups
- measuring spoons
- small containers (I got mine at the grocery store a few years ago.)
- practice golf balls
- ping pong balls
- wire strainer/scoop
- tongs (Mine were from The Dollar Tree, but you can find child-size tongs at Montessori Services.)
- eye dropper
- small glass pitcher/creamer
- small decanter
- stainless steel funnel
- Grow Capsules (Sea Animals) – I had an older version, but these should be very similar.
(Note: In case you’re wondering, Zoey’s outfit is from Gymboree.)
Feel free to adapt your water table for your family. These are just the materials I used. Water beads can be very messy and easily mix with the glass gems in the dry area. With young preschoolers, you might want to have a water bead container with high edges or make the whole sensory bin a water bead pond. If you add rocks (and maybe logs), you can have dry areas for the frogs. It’s a good idea to have all printed materials laminated with a laminate edge of about 1/4 inch to keep the cardstock or photo paper dry.
Red, White, and Blue Practical Life Activities
It was fun adding a variety of practical life activities in the sensory bin … pouring, scooping, using an eye dropper, using tongs. Another time, I’ll change out some of the activities for making soapsuds with an eggbeater. The Grow Capsule sea animals were simply fun for a water table. 🙂
Zoey always works with her sensory bins for long periods of time. A water table is perfect outdoors in warm weather and can be used indoors at any time of year. Always fun and a great way to work on fine-motor skills!
More Montessori-Inspired Patriotic Activities
- Montessori-Inspired Patriotic Unit
- Montessori-Inspired Fun with Golf Balls and Ping Pong Balls
- Montessori-Inspired Memorial Day Activities
- Montessori-Inspired 4th of July Activities
- Patriotic Practical Life and Math Activities
- Free American Patriotic Songs and Rhymes for Circle Time
- Kids’ Patriotic Activities (U.S.) Pinterest Board
Free Fourth of July Unit Study
I’ve teamed up with some fabulous bloggers to bring you lots of activities and resources for a free Fourth of July unit study! Check out the links below!
- Kids in the Kitchen: Fun & Easy Patriotic Party Mix from Crafty Mama in ME
- 4th of July Children’s Books from The Jenny Evolution
- Star Spangled Banner Buddy from Play Dough & Popsicles
- Star A-Z Letter Recognition Worksheet from Something 2 Offer
- 4th of July Pom Pom Flag Activity from CraftCreateCalm
- 4th of July Word Search from The Letters of Literacy
- Patriotic Stars Count and Clip Cards from The Kindergarten Connection
- Confetti Fireworks from Schooling a Monkey
- July 4th Math Worksheet from iGameMom
- 5 DIY Rockets for Kids to Launch Outside from FrogMom
- 4th of July Coloring Pages from Year Round Homeschooling
- July 4th Puzzle Pack from Embark on the Journey
- DIY Water Table with Red, White, and Blue Activities from Living Montessori Now
- July 4th Coloring Pages from Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading
- Kid-Made Patriotic Parfaits from Preschool Powol Packets
Have you been doing any patriotic activities with your child or students?
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