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Playing with water

playing with water

Emma and Johnny are very into playing with water at the moment. One of the less messy ways they play with water is to put some water (less than an inch) in the bottom of a small bin, place the bin on a bath towel, and give them a range of things to play in the water with. Here they have a toothbrush, small medicine syringe, a couple of small containers, a toothbrush (not one used for brushing teeth), and a couple of spoons. They can spend hours transferring water between containers using the syringe and spoons, and sometimes they turn the bin into a wash station for their dinosaurs and cars.

An even less messy way to do this is to set the activity up inside the bathtub – then any water that spills goes straight down the drain. And, of course, those of you lucky enough to have nice weather can do this outside. We set it up on the floor so that I could keep an eye on them from the computer. =)

MaryAnne lives in Silicon Valley with her Stanford professor husband Mike and their four children. She writes about parenting through education, creativity, and play. Mama Smiles - Joyful Parenting is a space to share crafts, hands on learning activities, and family outings that enrich lives and bring families together.

9 thoughts on “Playing with water”

  1. This is so simple, yet it’s such a great idea–both ways–the towel and the bathtub. We’ll be doing it today. Thanks!
    .-= Jaimie´s last blog ..Crayon Cakes =-.

  2. Nice! I always love seeing how well Emma and Johnny play together (well, at least it looks like this on your blog :)). We usually take our water play outside, and I am eagerly waiting for a better weather to return. I can’t believe it’s going to be cold and rainy for Easter here – this has never happened since I moved to CA.
    .-= Natalie´s last blog ..The Art Show =-.

  3. Elisa | blissfulE

    My older kids love water, too! They enjoy washing dishes, so I wash up the knives and anything else that’s not toddler-friendly and they take care of the non-dishwasher-safe plastics. My rule is that if any water escapes the sink, their turn washing dishes is finished. Their sibling (eagerly) takes their place after both kids wipe up any spills with a rag.
    .-= Elisa | blissfulE´s last blog ..three kids and a cat =-.

  4. This is one of my favorite ways to keep my kids entertained – although it makes a big, watery mess! :-)
    .-= Kara´s last blog ..Rosemary Beef Stew with Greens =-.

  5. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog

    The last time we did this I was surprised that Emily enjoyed it just as much as Clara. We have a nice block of weather coming up, so we’ll probably be playing with water outside these next couple of days. Fun!!
    .-= Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog´s last blog ..Cheap Thrills — Poolside Edition =-.

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