Simple pouring practice kept my J occupied for 2 hours. He was soaking wet by the end of the two hours but had so much fun (apparently he needs a little more practice before I hand over the milk).
We did this activity inside (it was BRUTALLY hot outside). TIP: I bought a waterproof tablecover to lay down for activities like this. It’s more sturdy than a tarp, so it stays in one place easily. And it does a great job in trapping the water so it doesn’t hit my new wood floors! We also use the tablecover when finger paiting inside and under the pool for our indoor snowbox. It’s more expensive than a towel or simple tarp but worth the expense in my opinion. And we can always use it as it’s intended too!
I gave him two trays (found at Target) a bowl of water and some different containers. I asked him to pretend each container was a cup that needed to be filled with the water before setting the table for dinner. I would’ve used real cups, but every single cup in my house was in the dishwasher. Btw, how do 3 people go through every cup in the house in such a short time??? Toy tea sets would work perfectly for this.
My goal was for him to learn when to stop pouring to keep the “cups” from overflowing. He tends to pour until the water hits the very tip of the cup which of course makes spilling guaranteed. I used this to teach him when to stop pouring.
Was this a successful lesson, well yes and no. Yes, he learned how to do it “right” but he didn’t necessarily enjoy doing it right. He would much rather pour until it spills!
After the pouring practice, he just played and played and played. I was so surprised he stayed focus for so long. I just added some new utencils or containers every half hour.
Waterplay utencils that J finds entertaining:
- medicine droppers and dispensers
- measuring cups and spoons
- milk carton with holes poked in the bottom (to create rain showers)
- nasal aspirator
- squirt bottle
- serving tray
- muffin pan
- ice cube tray
- tea kettle
- paint brush
- water wheel
What utencils does your little one like to play with in the water?