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Water play for babies

Date: June 16, 2014 Author: Bumpkins Team Categories: #TheBumpkinsDifference, Parents' Tips and Tricks, Things to make and do

If water isn’t on your list of regular baby and toddler activities then you are missing out on something amazing. Free, fun and fantastically versatile, water can draw out chuckles from even the tiniest of tots. Most water activities can be adapted to suit all stages; great if you have more than one child at home. They make wonderful learning-through-play opportunities and you’ll find all you need is a bit of imagination…

Don’t go rushing out to buy the latest bath toy without trying what you have at home first (ever known a child forget about a toy and prefer the box?). Spoons, cups, sieves and colanders are perfect for water play. For younger ones, encourage sensory play with a clean flannel to chew on, cotton wool balls to squeeze or mashed ice cubes to discover. Try out this brilliant idea of Polka Dot Soup!  Older children will love to experiment with measuring cups and small medicine syringes; this is a great way to develop their fine motor skills and get them interested in some early-years science experiments.

Screen Shot 2014-08-03 at 21.52.56Bubbles are loved by all.  Blow a roomful of them so you can watch them float and dance about before having a race to pop them. Add some to the bath, scoop up a handful, and clap them between your hands to see them whoosh. Fire the shower head into the water and see new bubbles appear as if by magic. There are many great ways to have fun with bubbles.

Role playing with water can add a new dimension to your activity. A washing up bowl, towel and accessories such as a sponge become dolly’s bath-time. Or how about using a tea-set to practise pouring ‘tea’ for all? A paddling pool can be turned into the best car wash in town so get those toy cars lined up and have your little one clean and shine new life into them.

Even when the weather isn’t co-operating there is still water fun to be had. Pop on some wellington boots and a rain coat and spend an hour hunting down muddy puddles to jump in. Who can make the biggest splash?

However you decide to engage your family with water play, be safe. Teach your precious ones water safety from a young age and never leave them unattended, even for a second. Empty and drain away the water when finished; this in itself is often a fun activity. “Where does the water go to?” That’s something you can discover tomorrow…

Photo Credits: Shyn Darkly and Christine McIntosh

 

 

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