My little boy turned seven this weekend. He is autistic which makes gift giving a little challenging. He really enjoys sensory play and loves sand. They make sensory tables for water and sand. They are normally plastic and not exactly sturdy. If you want something that will actually stand up up to the rough play of a disabled child, you are looking at spending $200-$300+ and that doesn't include any sand or toys. Just the table.
And in all honesty, I'm not exactly "flush" with cash and I figured I could build him something that was at the very least sturdy if not the prettiest. This is what I came up with:
One of the storage drawer tops:
Before the decoupage was finished:
All the work took place in my tiny studio corner of our one bedroom apartment.
Truthfully the wood, paint, varnish, hardware, sand, seashells, and toys totaled about $245 but that's still better than what I would have paid for pre-made. I got Wuba brand kinetic sand which is sort of like sand/modeling clay. It's 1% polymer and 99% sand (I think). The sea shells came from the California Sea Shell Company in Seal Beach California and the toys came from Ikea. The pictures came from a couple of old books that I picked up at The Last Bookstore in LA.
Because of his disability, Iggy doesn't really have friends and we don't have any relatives nearby. All he has is is dad and me, so I try really hard to make all of his birthday's really special.