Small Worlds in the Water Table

The end of summer is coming…much too fast if you ask me! You might be tempted to put your water table away until next year, but don’t! You can put it to use year round with these amazing small worlds and sensory play ideas.  Not only are small worlds a lot of fun, they also provide kids with the opportunity to engage in sensory play, act out facts they are learning in their preschool curriculum, and develop storytelling skills through pretend play.

Small Worlds in the Water Table...great sensory exploration and pretend play

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We love our Step2 WaterWheel Activity Play Table, and we use it all of the time. All of the small worlds I’m sharing today were created in a Step2 water table. Of course, they could also be set up in a similar bin or water table.

Penguin World

Penguin Small World Play (Thrive 360 Living)

Reptile Small World and Sensory Play

Reptile Small World Sensory Play (Twodaloo)

Tropical Island Small World

Tropical Island Water Table (Craftulate)


Ocean Sensory Table (Stir the Wonder)

Frog Life Cycle Small World

Frog Life Cycle Sensory Bin (Coffee Cups and Crayons)

Small World Beach Play

Beach Play (The Boy and Me)

Small world building site

Building Site (The Boy and Me)


Winter Rice Sensory Box (Pink and Green Mama)

Dinosaur Sensory Tub for Kids

Dinosaur Small World (Fantastic Fun and Learning)

Beach Sensory Bin

Beach Small World (Fantastic Fun and Learning)

More Ideas for Playing in the Water Table

Not sure you’ll use a water table? Asia from Fun at Home with Kids shares why you want a water table and 10 creative ways to use it.

My Nearest and Dearest has even more ideas for sensory fun in the water table.



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  1. What a wonderful idea! thank you.
    planing to do it with my little one today 🙂

  2. Thank you for featuring my small worlds!

  3. What a beautiful collection of small worlds! Thanks for adding ours. I just love them all!

  4. Oh, this is such a great list! I think I’m going to have to drag ours out and get the kiddo to scrub it down. 🙂

  5. I love all your small worlds, Shaunna! You create such beautiful and inspiring play invitations.
    Thanks for linking to us. 🙂

  6. Love all the ideas! Pinned it!

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