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SUMMER! HOORAY?

It's a well-known fact that summer is my favorite time of year. Not. The truth is I struggle a little bit in the Southern heat like the wilting Dixie flower that I am. But I have found a few things to get super excited about this summer, in spite of it all! Little kids are generally more enthusiastic about the heat than I am, so therefore I am always on the hunt for good outdoor activities that keep them occupied AND cool.

THE EASIEST SUMMER DIY OF ALL TIME

The key to reducing waste is limiting your possessions to things that can be used more than once. So my mind was completely blown when a mama friend of mine showed me this amazing IKEA water table hack. I have never invested in a water table for my little because...plastic toy trash......NOPE. But this has seriously got to be the easiest and most elegant DIY I've ever seen, plus these two things can be disassembled and re-purposed into grown people things in literally 2 seconds. You LITERALLY only need two thumbs (if that) and $36.

Dogs love it too!

Use bath toys, kitchen utensils, or cups as play "tools"

HOW IT WORKS

1

get this Askholmen
flower box from IKEA-- $30

2

get this Algot
storage box from IKEA-- $6

3

put the bin in the
box et voila!




BUT THE BEST PART?

When it gets too cold for water play, this flower box goes right back to being a flower box!!! Now THAT'S a hard-working toy!


More Than Just Water...

There are so many options for what you can put in this container, you can also turn your water table into a sensory experiences! Since the top is detachable you don't have to worry about messy stuff because you can just rinse it out. Can't do that with a store-bought table that's for sure!

SENSORY BEADS

Water Beads
Water beads are non-toxic and biodegradable, so you can just dump them in your garden when you're finished. FIND THEM HERE

SPAGHETTI SENSORY WORMS

Spaghetti "Worms" 
Spare the real earthworms (our soil needs them!) and make some colorful imposters. Great for sensory play and slightly less squirmy. TUTORIAL  HERE

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