I am very excited to introduce Family As We Go’s first guest post. Rachel, who blogs over at dontcallmesupermom.com has become a great blogging friend of mine and I love her witty writing. She’s a stay at home mom who loves cooking, crafting, anything natural and organic, and getting a good deal! Her goal in life is to raise decent kids, and encourage others in any way she can. Her motto is: there’s always room in your life for another friend- we can all add happiness and value to each other’s lives!
Take it away Rachel!
Water activities are fun at any age, but especially for little ones!! What toddler doesn’t love splashing in a puddle, the bathtub, or sink? You don’t need to go out and buy a Little Tikes water play table for your kids to have fun splishing and splashing. Here are some fun water activities for your toddler-aged child and beyond!
The first idea is a great sensory activity and it involves frozen water – so technically no splashing here:
Giant Ice Cube, Hidden Toys
Grab an old plastic container and drop a couple toys in it with a few inches of water, then freeze. Once frozen solid, add a few more small toys, a little more water and freeze again. Repeat until you’ve filled your container. Once it is all completely frozen, let your kids discover ways to excavate the items inside!
Ideas for items to fill your container:
Once the container is full and completely frozen, it’s time to play! Take your ice outside on a hot, sunny day and let your kids try to melt it with the warmth of their body, or chip away at it with small kitchen tools (we used a melon baller, a dull vegetable peeler and a metal measuring spoon).
The best of these three tools was the vegetable peeler, because it has serrated edges. With the serrated peeler edge, the kids were easily able to saw into the ice. But in the end, we discovered that dropping and throwing the giant ice cube was the best way to break it up.
(I tried incorporating a science lesson and sprinkling salt on top to melt it faster, but that still didn’t work fast enough for my kids.)
Plus, hurling blocks of ice is super fun! I just warned the kids to watch out for windows and each other….surprisingly this went “swimmingly” well. We also repeated this activity in our driveway during a playdate with friends. My friend’s kids loved throwing the ice and discovering the toys inside as well!
The next idea is not only incredibly easy, but it serves a purpose as well!!
Washing the (Little Tikes) Car
Fill a tub with soapy water, grab some sponges, and let the kids have at it! We store our plastic toys under the porch when not in use, and they get pretty dirty. This was a fun, yet helpful activity!
Washing the car and slide kept my girls and the neighbor kid busy for a good 40 minutes. FORTY MINUTES! Before I resorted to this activity, they were walking around with giant sticks in my backyard. Giant. Am I a helicopter mom for obsessively worrying they will poke their eyes out with a 6 foot stick?
Either way, soap + water = pretty harmless. Good, clean fun! 😉
Of course, you can always have the kids help you wash a real car, too.
Washing the (real) Car
No explanation necessary. Simply grab your supplies and the kids will likely want to jump right in.
We always have to keep a close watch on the kids when they help wash the car because they want to use the scrub brush meant for tires on the car itself. Eek! Lol!
The hardest part about this next water activity was coming up with small toys and objects of varying weights. It’s called:
Sink or Float
We used mostly the same toys we had previously unearthed in our giant ice cubes. My girls were in a hurry to get out and play, so I didn’t have a lot of time for forethought. 🙂
The how-to is simple; ask your kids, “Do you think this item will sink or float?”. It encourages them to use their cognitive skills, and they get excited when they’re right. Your kids could play “Sink or Float” in the bathtub during wintertime (with toys, not each other! 😉 )! You could also supervise them doing this water activity in the kitchen sink! Or fill a small basin and put it on the kitchen floor. (I would lay down a bath towel first, though. Definitely.)
This activity didn’t keep the kids occupied for very long, but I had another use up my sleeve for this bucket full of water…you can read about it in my companion post here.
To find more great water activities, check out the companion post over on my blog, Don’t Call Me Supermom. There, I’ll show you how we “painted” with water and made a simple, yet very cool “water blob”. I also share fun water balloon ideas!
Thanks for reading, and thanks to Bree for letting me guest post!
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What are some other fun toddler summer activities you do with your kids?