Discovery Table Week 4: The Ocean Waves

We like to take inspiration from our real life experiences. After a trip to Mollymook on the New South Wales coast over the weekend (and with another trip planned next week!), it was the perfect opportunity to create an ocean themed discovery table.


We love being on the beach!

So what’s on the table this week?





A basket of sea creatures:

Using wicker baskets means it’s a lot easier to transport objects for other play activities. Here we used items from the table for sensory play group too!

Baskets are a great way to present toys to little learners. You can choose a theme, like we’ve done here, or present an assortment of sensory items for little ones to explore. The idea of a ‘discovery basket’ is to let your child investigate and choose the direction of play themselves.

Grimm’s Rainbow

Grimm’s wooden toys are well worth the investment. We use them in a variety of ways.Β 

Purple, green and blue hues from our Grimm’s rainbow and a little house were perfect for making waves. What we love about Grimm’s is that the elements let the imagination go wild!

Beach Treasures



Have you tried a kid friendly magnifying glass? Both Zoey and Harrison love theirs. As well as exploring treasures at home, we also often taken them out and about when we go on nature walks.


Book Selection


Magic Beach by Alison Lester was a particular favourite with Zoey over the weekend. I think the fact we we’re visiting the beach everyday, then reading the story made it extra appealing!

The Usborne Mermaid sticker book is another go-to of ours, especially when visiting cafes. I’d recommend them for a screen-free way to entertain the kids when out and about.

Again, the important thing here is making use of resources that you already have or perhaps even go out and support your local library!

Want more?

Here’s the series so far:

Discovery Table Week 1: Baby Clinic

Discovery Table Week 2: The Alphabet

Discovery Table Week 3: The Tiger Who Came to Tea

There’s also daily updates on both my Instagram and Facebook pages.


Happy Learning!

Sian xΒ 




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