A sand and DIY water table will provide your kids with hours of fun. And it will get them outdoors to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. However, these tables are not just for fun.
They are great sensory tools that will help with your child’s development. If you are looking for innovative ways to improve your child’s motor skills or help calm them down, look at some DIY water tables or sand tables.
Directly below are 10 DIY water tables you can make. If you would rather buy a premade table, we have also listed 15 additional tables at the bottom of our article.
10 DIY Water Tables
1. Large Sensory Table/Sand table with storage from LovelyWildSunflowers
Make your own basic DIY sand table with this easy pattern. The table also has an area for a storage bin.
The downloadable PDF guide has 5 pages of instructions, with photographs to guide you through the process. Completed the table is 35.5” inches wide, 16” inches deep, 19” inches tall. It uses 248” of PVC pipe.
2. DIY Water Table for Toddlers by Brittany Goldwyn
If you enjoy woodworking, you can make this DIY sand and water table.
This free pattern contains written instructions and step-by-step photos. You will need to have a specialty tool and know how to make pocket holes.
3. Sand Table and water table plan by HorizonDesignStudios
Create this sand and water table for kids using PVC pipes and fittings. This table has two areas for plastic totes. This way your children can have one tote full of water and the other filled with sand.
The plan has 6 pages of instructions. It is designed to hold 2 12” wide x 15” long x 3” deep plastic totes. The total size of the completed table is 1′-6″ wide x 2′-6″ long x 1′-6″ high.
4. DIY Sand and Water Table by Frugal Fun for Boys and Girls
Use PVC pipe and a plastic storage container to make this sand and PVC pipe water table for kids.
Finished the table can hold a 35.5 in. long x 16.5 in. wide x 6.5 in. deep plastic tub.
- 14 T joints
- 4 elbow joints with three pipe openings (for the top four corners)
- 8 elbow joints (for the funnel area across the top)
- 4 caps
- 2 cross joints
- 4 x 10 foot, 3/4 inch PVC pipes
- PVC pipe cutters
- Spray paint
- PVC glue
- Two under-the-bed tubs
5. Water Table for Kids by HorizonDesignStudios
This multi-level DIY sand and water table will surely be a hit with the kids. And once they outgrow it, you could easily make it into a flower box.
The plan has 6 pages of details for an easy and sturdy assembly. The stand measures 2 ft. 9 ¾ in. high x 4 ft. wide x 2 ft. 6 in. deep. It is sized to fit an 18 in. wide x 27 in. long x 4 in. deep and two 12 in. wide x 21 in. long x 4 in. deep plastic totes.
6. DIY Sand and Water Table for Kids Plan by TheDIYPlan
Children will absolutely love playing with this DIY sensory table. The ramps make it a fun unique design.
The digital download includes 8 pages of detailed step-by-step instructions, a cut list, and a material list.
7. Kid’s Sand and Water Play Table by Jen Woodhouse
Your kids can use this sensory table for sand, water, or as a chalkboard. They will have endless hours of play with this large sand and water table. And there is a shelf across the bottom for storing toys.
This sand water table accommodates two store-bought 28-quart tubs. The chalkboard lid is attached with hinges.
8. Outdoor DIY Water Table for Kids by HorizonDesignStudios
This PVC sand and water table will get your child’s mind working. The cool design and PVC pipes will make this table super fun.
The overall side of the stand is 1 foot 10 inches wide x 4 foot 6 inches long x 4 foot 3 inches high. It will hold a 16 in. wide x 44 in. long x 6 in. deep plastic tote.
9. DIY Sand Table for Kids Plan by TheDIYPlan
This sand table for kids is designed after a picnic table. This clever design will give your children a place to sit while they are playing.
The overall size of the finished stand measures 1 ft. 10 in. wide x 4 ft. 6 in. long x 4 ft. 3 in. high. It will hold a 16 in. wide x 44 in. long x 6 in. deep plastic tote.
10. Sensory DIY Water Table PVC Pipe Plan by HorizonDesignStudios
Here is another fun PVC pipe water play table that will keep your kids busy for hours. It can be used for both sand and water.
The finished stand measure 1 ft. 10 in. wide x 4 ft. 6 in. long x 4 ft. 3 in. high. It will hold an 18 in. wide x 48 in. long x 6 in. deep plastic tote.
15 Sensory Table You Can Buy
1. Light Sand Table for Kids
This sand table will help with your child’s development. It is made from durable ecological materials with adjustable layers. It includes a double sided cover that can be used as a whiteboard or a chalkboard.
2. American Plastic Toys Kids’ Outdoor Sand Table for Kids
The American Plastic Toys Sand Table will provide hours of outdoor fun. Children will be able to build sandcastles, use molds, and designs in their own landscape.
This table snaps together quickly and easily. This sturdy sand table measures 34.5 in. x 22.5 in. x 15 in.. It can hold up to 50 lbs of sand. Included is a waterproof tarp to help keep the sand clean and dry.
3. Step2 Naturally Playful Sand Table
The elevated design of this sand table is perfect for toddlers. This table I strong and durable. It has a lid with elastic straps that will help protect the sand from inclement weather and animals. The cover also doubles as die-cast car race track.
Included with the table are 2 shovels, 2 clay rakes and a bucket. The table measures 16.375 in. high x 36 in. wide x 26 in. deep.
4. Children’s Dual Bin Wooden Sensory Table Outdoors from MonkeyTables
Here is a sturdy handmade sand table. The table is made from cedar. You can order the table finished or unfinished. You also get to choose the height.
The table does require some assembly. It comes with all the hardware and instructions. The only thing you will need is a screwdriver with a #2 (square bit) to assemble.
5. Jonti-Craft Sensory Table
The Jonti-Craft sensory table has kid-safe edges and corners that are rounded to a minimum of a 1 in. radius. It is assembled using dowel-pin construction. It has an ultraviolet acrylic coating that’s as tough and environmentally friendly.
Included are the cap, valve, and activity cover. Two of the legs have casters mounted to make it easier to move.
6. Step2 Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Play Table
Children can use this water table to create a mini water park right in their own backyard. They can use the large bucket to scoop up water from the bottom and pour it into the top.
This will activate the rainfall effect as well as maze-like spinners, ramps, and buckets. The pieces can be rearranged to create new waterfalls.
Included are the water table, a large bucket, 2 cups, a rubber duck, 1 frog water squirter, 1 fish water squirter, a strainer, a flipper, 2 spinning pieces, and 3 maze pieces.
7. Simplay3 Rushing River Falls Multilevel & Expandable Splash & Water Play Table for Kids
This tiered water table offers multilevel play. There is plenty of room for your children and their friends to join in the fun.
Included with the multilevel table are two dumping buckets, four toy boats, two water pouring cups, and one hose attachment. The table expands to 6 ft. for maximum play space. And compresses to 3 ft. for storage. It will hold up to 5 gallons of water.
8. Little Tikes Fish ‘n Splash Water Table White
Do you have a future fisherman living at your home? They will love this fun, durable water table with fishing game and counting play. They can catch the fish and count their catch before releasing them back into the pond.
Included with the table are a fishing pole, 5 floating critters, a water cup, and fishing net.
9. Paw Patrol Sea Patrol Water Table with Accessory Set & 4 Characters
Kids love Paw Patrol. With this water table, they can send the Paw Patrol Sea Patrol on a water-themed rescue mission.
The water table base comes with a lookout tower attachment. Also included are Paw Patrol Sea Patrol theme decals, and 4 Paw Patrol character squirt toys. The table weighs 10 pounds and measures 31.5 in. x 31.5 in. x 24.5 in. inches.
10. Little Tikes Frog Pond Water Play Table
This water table is also a game. Your kids will have a lot of fun launching frogs onto the lily pads and the center tower.
Along with the water table, you get five frogs, two floating lily pads and one fill cup. It will hold up to seven gallons of water.
11. Single Bin Sand and Water Table for Kids from TreeCanBeWoodworking
This sand and water table will help your child develop their tactile, visual and auditory senses. The table comes with one large bin and a lid that are removable and washable.
The table is made from pine and comes in a natural colour. It measures 39.5 in. long x 21 in. deep x 20 in. high. It weighs 25 pounds. Assembly is required.
12. Sand Table for Kids from SandpiperWoodworking
This sand and water table is perfect for sensory play for your kiddos. It is made from solid wood with the option to have it treated with a clear, eco-and kid-friendly, no-VOC weather-protectant finish. The table measures 25 in. tall, 29 in. long, and 21.5 in. wide.
13. Step2 Dino Dig Sand & Water Table
This Dino Dig Sand & Water Table features double-sided sand and water play. It has a fun dinosaur theme that includes a volcano and a palm tree. The volcano doubles as a lid to cover the sand.
The table has a non-leak drain plug for easy clean up when playtime fun is done. Included with the table and volcano lid is a 7-piece dinosaur-themed accessory set. The table measures 29.5 in. x 33 in. x 30 in.
14. Children’s Factory 18″ Sensory Table & Lid Set
The Children’s Factory Sensory Table and Lid are ideal for in home learning. The sand and water table will keep kids entertained for hours.
The table is made from weather-proof and sturdy plastic. It has a rust-resistant, galvanised steel frame. There are 4 Casters (2 locking) to make it easy to move the table around to different locations. It measures 36 in. x 24 in. x 18 in.
15. Simplay3 Kids Indoor Outdoor Sand and Water Activity Table with Storage
This sand and water table was the winner of the Parents’ Choice Award, the 2017. It is multifunctional and can be configured into 4 different play patterns. The top has 4 cup holders for snack time.
The table is made from durable double wall plastic. It measures 27.95 in. x 20.87 in. x 18.9 in.
DIY WATER TABLES AND SAND TABLES ARE A GREAT WAY TO GET YOUR KIDS OUTDOORS. IF YOU ARE CRAFTY AND WANT TO MAKE A TABLE YOURSELF, GO FOR IT. IT IS A LOT OF FUN.
If you are looking for sensory play ideas for your children. Try a water and sand table. These tables are a lot of fun. Your kids will enjoy getting outside and playing without ever knowing they are also learning.
We have listed both DIY patterns and premade tables. If you are handy with tools, give a DIY pattern a shot. You can bet your friends will want you to make their children a DIY water table too.