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Friday, May 9, 2008

Water, Water Everywhere!

It's rather ironic that I am writing this today. As I write this it is pouring outside. Granted the article has nothing to do with rain, nor does this statement have anything to do with it either, but it was just an observation.

Anyway....the warm weather is just around the corner. I don't know about you, but here we have had a glimpse of those hot summer days to come. It will be inevitable, those little ones are going to want to get wet!

Water. When you think about it, it is really irresistible to the touch. Whenever you see a river, lake, fountain, puddle, pool, etc.--you want to touch it. Why? I have no idea, but little ones are the same way too. They love to play with water.

It's a great medium for the children to enjoy too. I know it's not always easy to have a pool available, or even outside areas for water play, but it is a good idea to allow them to have some time to play with water.

My children love to fill the sink in our down stairs powder room and play in that. I have had many different "people", "animals", and the likes swimming in our sink over the years. Does the room get wet? Well of course, but just grab a towel and dry it up. My guys usually do a pretty good job of keeping the water only around the sink. I, of course, can't guarantee that will work for you.

Another fun clean activity is to give the children a bucket of water and a paintbrush and let them "paint" away. They can paint anything: trees, sidewalks, windows, the side of the house, the car, the deck, the list goes on and on. This is an outdoor activity the kids will love. They can paint anything. Give it a few minutes and everything is dry.

I like to fill a bucket or small pool and give my children some things to squirt each other with. Yes, we do use water guns, but I know they are not always popular. Other items I would use would be cleaned out spray containers; from like Windex, hairspray, etc. Or, you can use clean empty dish soap dispensers. They may not spray as far, but it sure is fun to squirt that water out.

Then there is always the sprinkler. I don't know, I have yet to figure out the fascination of it--it is usually freezing when that water hits you, but they love it. Set it up in the backyard and they are good to go.

Please always remember water play does need supervision, especially when there are large buckets or pools involved. Always best to be safe.

So, get some old clothes and go get wet.

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1 comment:

Tess said...

My four year old loves to play in water too!!! I found these squishy jelly crystals that absorb water. It is like taking water play to the next level! We put them in her blow-up kiddie pool!! I found them here: Super FUN!!!