Today I am sharing one of my favorite summer toys with you; a water table! I am also excited to be teaming up with some amazing therapy bloggers today to share our favorite summer toys.
Favorite Summer Toys: Water Tables!
I love sensory activities for kids! Ironically I can't stand it when my daughter gets mud or dirt on her. HA! I think I have some of my own sensory issues, but who doesn't?!
Water tables are a great way to have some sensory fun during the summer! We have been waiting to use our water table that E got for Christmas for a while. Since I knew E would have a blast playing in it, I wanted to keep it as an outside activity! If you are feeling exceptionally brave one day, you could use it inside in a room that has a tile floor for easier cleanup. But I'm not that brave! 😉
As you can see in the picture on the bottom right, the small cups also make for great drinking tools! 🙂 Our sensory table also has a little tower on it that you can pour water through and watch the wheels turn as the water goes through!
You can find lots of different types of water tables on Amazon, but here is the one we have:
I love the idea of putting the sand in the top area with the water in the bottom area. Definitely, need to get some sand to try that. Here are a few more options:
Water tables are a great way to explore and have fun while still learning and working on the following skill areas:
- Sensory play and exploration
- Fine motor skills (dumping, pouring, grabbing toys)
- Eye-hand and visual motor skills/coordination
- Social skills – if they are playing with siblings, neighbors, or friends (sharing, turn taking etc)
Our Favorite Summer Toys
The Inspired Treehouse – Slackers Slackline – Gross Motor
OT Cafe – Ice Cube Paints – Sensory, Fine Motor
Golden Reflections Blog – Water Table – Sensory, Fine Motor, Visual Motor, Social
Pink Oatmeal – Pool Noodles – Gross Motor, Fine Motor, Sensory
Therapy Fun Zone – Water Squirting– Fine Motor, Hand Strength, Visual Motor
Your Therapy Source – Sidewalk Chalk – Gross Motor, Fine Motor, Visual Motor
Mama OT – Bubbles – Fine Motor, Sensory, Speech-Language, Visual Motor, Social
Starfish Therapies – Hula Hoops – Gross Motor, Visual Motor
Playapy – Timocco – Motor Coordination, Body Strength
Playing with Words 365 – Water Table – Early Speech/Language Development
For more great sensory and summer activities, check out my Pinterest boards.