Playing with our water table is almost a daily activity during the spring and summer for us. My kids enjoy playing with it just as intended but I also like to occasionally provide themes to spice it up and keep it interesting. We decided to be a pretend chef and cook up a vegetable soup water table play session this week.
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Vegetable Soup Water Table Play
Making vegetable soup in our water table entertained my 4 year old for about 30 minutes. My 9 month old even got in on the fun, although his attention span is not as long!
What You Need:
Vegetable Soup Water Table Play Set up
Reason #3849 that I love water table activities – it is so easy to set up. As a busy mama, things that take just a couple of minutes to set up are the best kind of activities!
I just gathered up our play vegetables, plastic bowls, and spoons. If you don’t have play bowls and spoons, just use some plastic ones from your real kitchen! My daughter decided to add in some fruit to our vegetable soup, so we went with it.
Once it was ready, she spent some time washing her fruits and veggies (it is amazing what our kids pick up on watching us in our daily lives).
Drop the veggies (and fruit if you are using it) into your water table and fill it with water. It seems like such a simple idea but just offering the simple task of “making soup” completely reinvigorated the water table for my little one. She spent time creating different recipes. Of course we tasted each one. She even washed the dishes after we tried each new creation.
I love that she can be creative and practice life skills while playing pretend. Not to mention that we all got some nice outside time as well.
Don’t mind the little one. He is trying to make “bulldozer soup” a thing.
Here is a bowl of her delicious soup that she created. Seeing your kid’s imagination at work is a rewarding experience. I also love that I can keep a toy that we have had for a while (note the baked on dirt that no amount of scrubbing will remove) fresh and fun.
This vegetable soup water table play activity is a simple water table idea to encourage creative play. Would your kids enjoy this cooking theme for the water table?