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WImom
06-29-2011, 11:11 AM
I would like to get a water table. I don't want one with all kinds of things attached. I just want a plan table for them to play in. I did have a fisher price one that has a wheel, and balls, etc but I'm returning it. There's no room and the kids are all crowded around. I'd like something rectangle so more kids can use it.

Any ideas - either homemade or bought. Would need to be able to have a plug in it though so I can drain the water.

Michael
06-29-2011, 12:35 PM
A few more Water Table threads: http://www.daycare.com/forum/tags.php?tag=water+table

sharlan
06-29-2011, 12:47 PM
If you can't find one that you like, make a wooden frame and use a shower curtain for the liner. That way you can make it to the dimensions that you want.

I've used a couple of under the bed totes on a low table. Right now, that's what I'm using for my sand table.

SilverSabre25
06-29-2011, 12:56 PM
I've used a couple of under the bed totes on a low table. Right now, that's what I'm using for my sand table.

This, but for water table. I periodically use a long plastic underbed storage box for water play outside.

I'm like you, WIMom, I just want a simple box in which to put water that is large enough for several children at once; not something with bells and whistles and "bang for your buck". What I really wish I had for water play is a creek!

Country Kids
06-29-2011, 01:34 PM
This might be a long shot but I was going to see if I could find something like this also. Do you have any farm equipment type stores around you? I was thinking they may have something to put water or food in for the animals that wouldn't be to deep and would probably be a rectangle shape and long also. Only thing is would probably be spendy!

SilverSabre25
06-29-2011, 01:38 PM
I have considered trying to build a frame for one of the plastic boxes I use out of either PVC pipe (not sure if it would be sturdy enough or hold well enough) or having my BIL build me a frame out of wood. Either one would probably be a heckuva lot cheaper than, say, this (http://www.lakeshorelearning.com/seo/ca|searchResults~~p|JJ512~~f|/Assortments/Lakeshore/ShopByCategory/science/viewall.jsp) or even this (http://www.lakeshorelearning.com/seo/ca|searchResults~~p|2534374302106783~~f|/Assortments/Lakeshore/ShopByCategory/science/viewall.jsp), either of which is basically what I'm looking for.

sharlan
06-29-2011, 01:53 PM
I have a table with adjustable legs that I use.

I wonder about the cement mixing pans that they sell at Home Depot......

You could use an old card table and cut the legs down.

I have cats and turtles so I don't want anything like that on the ground.

melskids
06-29-2011, 04:10 PM
I have a table with adjustable legs that I use.

I wonder about the cement mixing pans that they sell at Home Depot......

You could use an old card table and cut the legs down.

I have cats and turtles so I don't want anything like that on the ground.

this is exactly what we did. i bought a few from home depot, and my hubby built wood bases to hold them. i love them!

MarinaVanessa
06-29-2011, 04:27 PM
I wonder about the cement mixing pans that they sell at Home Depot.......

This is what I use as a sand and water table. They're around $15 or so depending on the size but they work fairly well. I put it on a low kids table on the grass and then dump the water out when I'm done. The kids like it and at least 4 or 5 kids can use it at once if they're 3 and under. It serves it's purpose and was way cheaper than buying an actual water table and pretty sturdy. No plug though.

Little planet
06-29-2011, 08:13 PM
I love this idea. Thank you!

WImom
06-30-2011, 11:56 AM
okay I did some searching last night and answered my own question...lol. But I thought you would all benefit from this link too. We are making ours a little different with two cement tubs so I can have more kids using it at once. I'm also going to add a tub plug and drill a hole to drain them. It says it cost them $20 dollars. :)

http://imakestuff.typepad.com/i-make-stuff/2010/05/water-table-fun-daddy-made-it.html