The discovery of the metallic water table was one of the best days of my educator life. But, seriously, you’ll say the same once you try it!
A metallic water table is DAZZLING
I know, I know, dazzling is a strong word, but it checks out.
A splash of metallic paint into a water table makes for the most mesmerizing water table of your dreams.
It looks and feels magical.
Related: Metallic paints also look beautiful on our GIANT 10-foot Summer coloring banner!
A metallic water table is the PERFECT summer activity
Who doesn’t want an activity that will keep kids playing and learning for hours that sets up in a snap?
There just aren’t enough adjectives to describe how beautiful, spectacular, stunning, shimmery, and breathtaking this is!
Also, it’s low-risk talking it up so much because you’ll feel the same when you see it.
Looking for more water table ideas? You’ve come to the right place:
- Berry Basket Water Table – Friends Art Lab
- Rainbow Pouring Station – Busy Toddler
- Duck Pond Water Play – Fantastic Fun and Learning
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- Metallic kids’ paint
- Shallow bins of water – the ones pictured here are from the Dollar Tree, but here are some similar ones on Amazon
- Whisk or spoon
You can set this up in the same amount of time it takes you to say, “THIS IS THE COOLEST WATER TABLE EVER.”
Add water to shallow bins, add a splash of metallic paint (start with 1-2 tablespoons), and mix.
Note: Kids enjoy setting this up just as much as they enjoy playing with it, so it’s basically two activities in one, a BOGO, if you will.
Related: Look how cool this technique works for spooky Halloween potions, too!
Is a water table sensory play?
Kids are using their:
✋🏼 Tactile sense (touching)
👀 Visual sense (seeing)
👂🏻 Auditory sense (hearing)
When kids connect different senses while they play, they’re activating a multisensory experience which aids in acquiring + retaining new skills, building their foundational knowledge, and teaches kids how to use their whole brain while learning.
Sensory play is the best.
Does this stain?
It hasn’t ever for us.
When adding a tablespoon or two of paint to a ginormous bucket of water, it gets so diluted that it just doesn’t stain.
I mean, I wouldn’t do this activity on top of a family heirloom blanket that has been passed from generations and is the only relic of great great great grandma, but outside on the concrete or grass?
You should be golden. (Wait, you shouldn’t be golden. Ah, you get the idea! 😂)
We start with fresh water every day, and the paint lasts for as long as the play lasts.
Any that can safely use the materials! As always, use extra supervision when kids are around water.
Acrylic paint is permanent and you run the risk of staining everything. I recommend using kids’ paint.
You need this metallic water table summer activity in your life
Because you only need a splash of paint, you make this over and over and over again all Summer long.
Your kids are going to love this.
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