Hi friends! I have a fun outdoor kids’ project to share with you today! My kids have been asking me to build them a sand and water table for the longest time and because I am Mother of the Year, it only took me a year and a half to finally fulfill their
incessant, pleading patiently-awaited request.
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My kids just can’t get enough. I mean, do you blame them? They officially have permission to make a mess. I love it because this play table keeps them outdoors and occupied for hours (yes, HOURS!) while I’m building in my workshop. They’re not camped out in front of the television and I’m able to get some work done without the burden of Mom Guilt. It’s a win-win. Seriously, I really should have built this a year and a half ago. Remind me to punch myself in the face later.
This sand and water table accommodates two of these 28-Quart Sterilite Tubs and I added a hinged lid to cover the sand and water when not in use. It’s also worth mentioning that I recommend installing torsion hinges so that the lid doesn’t come slamming down on tiny fingers. These hinges stay in the position you put them in, so they’re ideal for toy chests and the like.
Whatever color you decide to paint or stain your table, be sure to protect it from the outdoor elements with an exterior-grade finish. Also, I added the plywood top and painted it with chalkboard paint. Even though the chalkboard paint offers some protection, be sure to seal the edges to help keep moisture out. Plywood isn’t the most suitable material for outdoor use, so I would suggest storing this play table in the garage or under a covered patio area to help protect it from the weather.
This photo just cracks me up because my son is literally proclaiming, “I AM THE SAND MASTER!” Seriously, where do they come up with these things? #shenanigans
And because I just can’t get enough of this adorable and fun project, here are a few more fun DIY Sand and Water Table ideas (links are below):
- That’s My Letter / Ana White
- Boxy Colonial
- House Full of Sunshine
- Child At Heart
- The Haas Machine
- Bumble & Bean
What do you think? Did I just add one more thing to your To Build list? You’re welcome. 😉
Don’t forget to grab the FREE BUILDING PLANS on BuildSomething.com. Thanks for reading, friends. Hope your weekend is full of sawdust. Now get out there and build something!