Anyone have a inexpensive idea for a water table?

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  1. LvToyFoxTerrier

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    I would love to have a water/sand table in my classroom but they are so expensive. Does anyone know where I can get one for under $50 or less? Or maybe an idea how to make one? Thanks. :help:
     
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    czacza Multitudinous

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    Could you simply put one of this large shallow rubbermaid type containers on top of a classroom table?
     
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    I bought a small table at a garage sale for $3. I then screwed a Rubbermaid tub onto it and put sand in. When I wanted to put water, I put a plastic sheet down on the bottom. Super easy, super cheap.
     
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    We have a container with a small lip....it happens to be a container that was previously a lakeshore water table, but it doesn't have to be. Then we measured and my hubby and sons made a frame out of pvc and joints. Works great!
     
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    I know we have discussed this before. I had a friend make a small water table. He lined it with some waterproof stuff.

    I like to use NEW, UNUSED cat litter trays. The sides are excellent for use as a water table.
     
  7. SamIAm

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    I just got the step 2 water tables off of Craigslist and use those outside. I spent $15 for 2 of them and they work fine. I have a different set up for my sensory bin which is much deeper. I purchased an under the bed storage bin from target. I think it was about 10-15 dollars. Then I was lucky enough to find an old base for a sensory table for cheap because it was missing the bin. Obviously you wont be able to do that, but all you really need to do is take a coffee table and screw some wooden rods around the edge to keep the bin from shifting and you're good. This way you can take the bin out to wash it, and you don't have to worry about it leaking. Here's a picture of my sensory table so you can see what I'm talking about. (FYI, this was after our experiment with goop. A lot of fun, but super messy) One problem with that though is that it can't really be left outside. The wood will warp. If you want something to leave outside, you could either build one yourself from treated wood or make a housing using PVC pipes.
    Hope that helps!
     
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    Like the tarp stuff for ponds I bet.
     
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    On a related note, my light table is a coffee table that has the old 1970s magazine compartment inside. We took off the top, added opaque plexi and an uplight! Boom....works great!
     
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    ECE teachers are sure creative. I think that must be a job requirement.
     
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    If you don't want to go broke, it definitely is! :lol:
     
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    My principal got a little mad at me this year because I was upset with the new rule that we could no longer we reimbursed with stuff we buy on Craigs list or garage sales, etc. even with receipts. I bought a glass coffee table last summer and turned it into a light table, a new playground feature, a coffee table to use as a science table, baskets for storage, a kids' sofa for my reading corner, and an outdoor rug to use for quiet play/reading corner and more. New rule they didn't tell us about and I couldn't get my money back. Arrrr! Guess they will all go home with me when I leave. I argued the rule because I bought all of that stuff for less than one would cost new but that didn't endear me to the principal. :whistle: Had to try, though because I hate the way we waste money when we don't need to. :| For example, we have to buy our general supplies fromt he district warehouse because they can buy in bulk and it "saves" money - but I can buy glue, markers, etc. for a fraction of the cost during the summer sales. :dizzy:
     
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    Awesome idea! Thanks!!!!
     
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    Thanks everyone! Great ideas!
     

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