When it's too late (and hot) for the water table, apply chalk.
Laurel usually plays out on the patio shortly after lunch (between 1230 and 1500) because we get direct sun on the patio in the late afternoon. She wasn't feeling up to it today and was so fussy a nap was in order. 90 minutes of sleep later and she's cheery, sweet and busy again -- three pieces of colored chalk and the still-shady part of the patio I washed down during her nap makes for a very happy little burrito. I'm on my way back out to take photos.
If only it weren't so hot... but I'll take any excuse to shower twice on a hot day. (: