Who doesn’t love playing in the water?
There’s a reason they make those water fountains and often have them in waiting rooms- the sound of water is relaxing.
Kids are no different, so when Buddy Boy wandered over to the dogs’ water bowl and started splashing around, I decided it would be a good time for some water play. But, it’s January and cold, so using our water table outside is out of the question. It was too early for a bath, so I grabbed an ultra absorbent bath mat (thank you, Norwex!) and extra towels and set up a space in the kitchen on the floor to play.
The bath mat not only absorbs some of the water that’s bound to spill, but it also defines the space to play. I taught Sweet Pea that she has to stay in the area I set up for her (shower curtain for painting or playing with indoor “sand,” water play, etc). Buddy Boy seems to follow her lead without any instruction from me.
I provided some supplies for each of them to use individually, but also some for them to take turns using so they can practice sharing. Sweet Pea did ask if she could have her own container of water, but I told her they were sharing one and she was fine with it. I didn’t give them any instructions, and instead just asked them if they’d like to do some water play, which, of course they did.
Both kids enjoyed scooping and pouring, sticking their hands in the soapy water, and splashing around a bit. By the end, even though they needed to do “small splashes only,” there was still quite a bit of water on the floor and they both needed dry clothes.
But, for just under 30 minutes of play (27 minutes and 35 seconds to be exact), I’ll take it!
- scooping and pouring,
- got some sensory play in (water temperature, bubbles),
- problem solved, and
- estimating (how much water fits? Which holds more? How many scoops to fill this up?).
Not too bad for a free activity that takes less than 5 minutes to set up and clean up!
Ready to get started?
- Bath mat or a few towels to absorb splashes
- Measuring cups or other things from the kitchen that kids can scoop water with
- Utensils (just because)
- Different sized bowls
- Soap if desired
- Probably a change of clothes too for when your little one is done playing
What kind of water play or activities do your little ones like to do?
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