Noah is almost two, and he obsessed with water.
If there is water anywhere within reach he will sprinkle it, spill it, flick it, run his hands through it, fill up something with it, tip it out and generally enjoy it.
The problem is, I don’t always enjoy his water play. In fact when he pours his drink into his lunch and plays with it, it kind of drives me batty. When he climbs up to the sink to help wash the dishes after dinner and returns with soaking wet PJs, my eyes kind of roll involuntarily.
I’ve been known to lose my mind, rant and rave and say ‘NO MORE WATER’… but really instead of working against his love of water play I really should be working with it.
Ok, so I don’t want him to pour my bottle of water all over the table and play in it, so maybe I need to provide him with more appropriate ways to play with water, water play that won’t drive me insane.
With that in mind we’ve done lots of water play already week already. Simple, easy, not super messy, toddler friendly water play, like this…
Washing Doll Doll Water Play
A little bit of soapy water, a plastic doll and a face washer or sponge – that’s all you need
Washing Dishes Water Play
A little bit of soapy water, a handful of plastic cups and plates (from the tea-set or the cupboard) and a scrubbing brush – quick and easy.
Keeping it Easy
There are a couple of tricks to make both these water play ideas parent friendly as well as kid friendly -
1) Put a BIG towel down first to catch drips over the side.
2) Use a tub or trough that has reasonably high sides, but not so high that your toddler has trouble reaching over them.
3) Only put in a little bit of water. And I mean a really little bit… 1-2 centimetres of water in the bottom of the trough is enough.
But if you can’t face even a little bit of watery mess, you could do both these activities in the bath!
What’s your favourite water play idea?