The Recirculating Water Table.
Someone in my local mom’s group posted a picture of this water table her husband made. It recirculates the water for kids who are obsessed with running water, as my boy is. He throws a tantrum every time we have to turn off the faucet!
This is the perfectly perfect solution!
Oh my gosh, I wish I had thought of it sooner!
It was very simple to make.
I went to Lowes (hardware store) and got:
-Storage tote with the recessed lid
-Submersible pump in the fountain section
(I got the $19.99 2-3 ft. pump, but they are cheaper on Amazon.)
-Clear plastic tubing sold by the foot, flexible like the kind you would use for an aquarium
(Pump says what size tubing to get on the box.)
-Hard plastic “uncopper” pipe
(Lowes will cut it, but I used a table saw. You can also cut it with bolt cutters.)
-Elbow joint to fit hard plastic pipe
-Plastic flower pot
(You can use anything for stability instead of the flower pot. The person on my mom’s group used an old bubbles container.)
You’ll need a drill to make holes.
Assembling it was simple.
1.) Drill a hole for the pipe in the lid.
2.) Drill little holes in the lid for drainage.
3.) Drill a hole in the upper part on one side of the tote to put the cord through.
Note: Be sure to drill the hole near the top of the tote and not down low where it will cause the water to leak out!
4.) Attach the clear tubing to the pump. Put one length of plastic piping over the clear tubing. (The clear tubing doesn’t have to run all through the plastic pipes. Mine just sticks inside of it.)
5.) Stick the tubed pipe through the hole in the lid and attach whatever you’re using to stabilize it, like my lovely flower pot.
6.) Snap on the elbow joint, then snap the other piece of hard pipe into the other side of the elbow joint.
7.) Fill the inside with enough water to cover the pump. Plug it in.
Done. Hours of toddler entertainment awaits!