In my first post to kick off this two-week summer holiday special, I showed you how to make your own DIY sand and water play table.
Remember, if you don’t have time right now to completely makeover a table, you can still do these activities – all you need is an underbed storage tub and something to sit it on to bring it up to kiddy height. An old coffee table, a plastic play table or some overturned crates would all work fabulously.
Today, I want to show you the ocean rockpool I created for my kids! It was so easy, and they absolutely loved it!
The first step was to create a separate section for water. This was as simple as scooping aside the sand and adding a smaller tub down one end, then filling the sand back in around it.
I then added some rocks from our garden, some coloured pebbles I bought from Bunnings (they come in small mesh bags in the gardening section), some seashells – some of which we’d collected, although we topped up our supplies with an extra bag of shells also bought at Bunnings – and some plastic sea creatures we usually use as bath toys.
Then I filled up the smaller tub with water to create a rockpool effect. The other side became the “beach”.
The kids were completely enthralled as soon as they saw it!
The rockpool didn’t stay pristine very long, of course, as the kids were fascinated by the process of mixing the sand and water!
They loved burying the shells and pretty stones and then digging to uncover them beneath the sand.
We added a step so Allegra could reach more easily, and she loved it!