Toddlers love water – pouring, stirring, splashing and even throwing it! A paddling pool in your back garden is great fun, but sometimes the weather just isn’t warm enough or you don’t have the time to set it all up then clean up afterwards.
Here are some quick and easy water activities that you can try even on cooler days. Just put on waterproof clothing if it’s a little chilly outside.
1. Bucket of bubbles
This simple activity keeps my toddlers amused for ages. Get a clean bucket (adult-sized) and half-fill with water. Add a good squirt of washing-up liquid and stir the water vigorously with a hand whisk or similar. Keep going until the bubbles are getting near to the top of the bucket then add a selection of cups, bottles, spoons and funnels in various shapes and sizes. Toddlers love scooping up bubbles, pouring them, trailing them across the ground and even making cappuccinos!
2. Water containers
Fill a selection of bowls and buckets with water and place around the garden. Add some cups, pans and bottles and your toddler will carry cups of water from one to the other. You could even put a few spots of food colouring in the buckets.
3. Water painting
Give your toddler a bucket of water and a clean paintbrush (the type you’d use for decorating your house), then let them ‘paint’ paths, fences, walls or anything else they fancy!
4. Washing dolly’s clothes
Have a miniature wash-day with a bowl of bubbly water and dolly’s clothes. Then give your toddler some pegs and a washing line to hang the clothes on.
5. The bath
If the weather is just too cold, give your toddler an extra-long bath-time instead so you can both stay warm!
Have you got any quick and easy water-play tips for toddlers? Please leave us a comment!