Beach Themed Water Sensory Table for Toddlers

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Usually around this time of year I start yearning for the beach. But alas, we live in Southwest Ohio and the beach is oh so far away. Ellie has yet to experience the beach, so this year I wanted to bring it to her. This is honestly SO easy to set up, I hesitated posting about it. It took me literally maybe 5-10 minutes. But those are the best kind of activities right? So here is the easy set up for our beach themed water sensory table, perfect for toddlers!

A super easy set up for a beach themed water sensory table for toddlers.

Items for Beach Themed Water Sensory Table for Toddlers

  • Water Sensory Table (ours came with a water wheel that is not pictured above)
  • Sand (we used course play sand, you could also use regular fine sand if you can find it. Better yet, grab some from a beach trip and use that if you can!)
  • Real seashells (ours are actual ones I picked up from a previous beach trip, but you can also find some online if you don't have any)
  • Beach toys (I included a sail boat in the picture, but we also have a few measuring spoons, shovels etc)
  • Toob Ocean Animals or Deep Sea Creatures
  • Water

And that is literally it!

For the set up, I cleaned out our water table from last year, filled up the smaller compartment with the sand and then the larger, deeper area with water. Included the seashells on the sand and the animals in the water with the sail boat. Super easy!

I did set it up the night before so it would be ready to go the next morning when we went outside.

Playing with beach themed water sensory table for toddlers.

Ellie absolutely loves her Toob animals, so that was the first thing she went for.

playing with beach themed water sensory table for toddlers

I also put the rest of our sand into a large plastic tub and had it sitting next to the water table area. She used many of the beach toys in that to carry sand back and forth. I think quite a bit ended up in the yard too, haha.

sand tub with beach themed water sensory table play

She ended up playing with everything for at least an hour that evening before we went inside for bed. This activity will definitely be set up for a while I think on our back porch. Lots of summer fun to be had with this!

#SummerSensoryFun on Instagram

I would love to see what kinds of things you do this summer for sensory play. Head over to Instagram and follow me @goldenreflectionsblog and also look up the hashtag #SummerSensoryFun to see what all we are up to. Take your own pictures and tag me and use the hashtag in your posts. Would love to see what kinds of creative and awesome things you do over the summer with your kiddos.

You can also get many more ideas by following my Sensory Fun Pinterest board.

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Heather Greutman, COTA

Heather Greutman is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant with experience in school-based OT services for preschool through high school. She uses her background to share child development tips, tools, and strategies for parents, educators, and therapists. She is the author of many ebooks including The Basics of Fine Motor Skills, and Basics of Pre-Writing Skills, and co-author of Sensory Processing Explained: A Handbook for Parents and Educators.

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  1. Elaine Leichty says:

    ThankYou for your website. I truly appreciated it. Pleasant with great ideas.

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