I left the pebbles and rocks in from the previous two days and added several large flat rocks from the garden. I had to dismantle a small Inukshuk to get the stones but it’s ok. The garden has sprouted up so much, we couldn’t see the Inukshuk anymore anyway.
After nap-time he was the first one out the door, literally running to the back of the yard where to where we had the bin set up under trees, and he was still there when his Mom and Dad showed up to take him home.
Making a simple water play bin is such an easy and inexpensive way to provide hours of open-ended imaginary play for your child. There’s no need to purchase anything special. Here’s our fancy-dancy DIY water table: a stool and a storage container:
I collected most of the rocks at the beach one day last summer, including a bucketful of the tiny pebbles. Just wash them up first so they don’t muddy up your water. Then look around your home and garden for interesting items to fill your bin with. If you’re like me, you’ll have as much fun putting it together as your child will have playing with it.
Will you make a water play bin? Have you made one? I’d love to see your photos! Feel free to link them up on my Happy Hooligans facebook page!
And if you’re looking for sensory bins ideas (they don’t all involve water), you can check out this category on my blog.