I know I've posted pictures before of water play indoors but thought I would show how it is set up for this winter in our home. I know there is some debate over the use of sand tables and water tables (at least on the Waldorf side) being used indoors. Some believe sand and water should be kept outside in a natural setting, allowing the child to use these elements in the most organic way. Others support the use of indoor sand and water tables because of the sensory experience it provides. For us, when the winter months come and it is minus or single digits or we are too sick to get out, we do enjoy sand and water inside. We don't substitute the sand and water that we have inside for time outside digging, building and playing but we do enhance our sensory experiences in the winter with the use of sand and water tubs.
This is our latest set up. Always a towel under the water tub and tray. The tub is filled with water (about half) and the tray (which really is anything big enough to hold the containers and utensils) sits next to it.
The waterproof apron comes from Montessori Services and is very helpful for keeping clothes dry.
An ice cube tray holds pieces of a sponge. The pieces float around the water tub or can be squeezed with hands or a garlic press.
A variety of containers all different sizes allow experimentation with volume and size. One container has a cap for shaking and "making bubbles."
Funnels are used with the containers. I've seen my daughters put the sponges in the funnels to absorb the water poured in and sometimes they just use the funnels.
My daughters ask for soap sometimes to play with bubbles. More bubbles can be made with the whisk or by sponge squeezing.
Transferring water utensils.
Everything is stored in this box. I try to let things air dry before putting on the lid but the drilled holes in the lid allow for the materials to continue drying.
Water is a great sensory experience. It also tends to calm and relax- I love to watch the concentration as they pour and play in the water. A younger child may be overwhelmed at first with all of these options and could benefit from introducing one or two at a time.