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Sensory Table Pouring Station & Coloring Ice

This is still one of my favorite play episodes ever.  Not only were the pouring stations and coloring ice so easy to set up, the kids loved them …and looked ridiculously cute doing them. “Yeyyo Mommy!”

Pouring Station

You’ll need a large plastic bin. We actually put ours in a table that we made ourselves with PVC pipe, I really love how it turned out. You’ll also need size pouring containers and liquid water color (optional). Once you have it set up, the kids really don’t need instructions, they will most likely jump right in! You can do this with plain water, but color was a fun added element. This was just really cute for us to watch because they worked together and what seems like somewhat of a boring, simple task for us or for older kids is really new and exciting for a toddler. I think they could have done this all morning had we not cut them off. 

Coloring Ice

Next, we colored some ice. Obviously, you’ll need some ice. The kind you buy in a bag works the best. You’ll then need some plastic pipettes (super affordable) and liquid watercolor which you use to create different color cups around the bin. It took the kids a minute to learn how the pipette works, but once they got it, they loved seeing the ice change color. They could do this over and over again. In fact, Ford was so concentrated he missed the hug from Olivia. You’re gonna regret that Ford.



Elle Walker is a co-founder at What's Up Moms and the mom to three kids (7, 4, 2). In her spare time, she loves testing out kids activities (often muttering, "Pinterest, you lie"), to find the best play that minimize set-up, reduce costs, and uses stuff up around the house.