Invite your children to try one or more of these activities.
| Sidewalk Painting: Use water and various sizes of brushes
to paint designs on a sidewalk or patio.
| Fuzzy Pictures: Draw pictures on white
paper using water based markers. Paint over the pictures
with water and watch the outlines soften.
| Colored Water Designs: Add drops of food coloring to
water. Use it to paint designs on white paper towels or
Here are three fun bubble activities for your children
| Bubble Wrap Prints: Brush tempera paint over
the top of bubble wrap. Gently press paper on top
of the paint, and then lift to reveal bubble prints.
| Bubble Popping Prints: Mix bubble solution with
tempera paint or food coloring and place large paper
on the ground outdoors. Blow bubbles and let them
pop on the paper to create prints.
| Bowl Bubble Prints: Mix bubble solution with
paint or food coloring in a small, sturdy bowl.
Blow into the solution with a straw until bubbles
rise to the rim. Cover the top of the bowl with
paper, and then lift to discover prints.
Fill a large tub with water to use for these activities.
| Add common kitchen utensils for water play, such
as plastic measuring cups, funnels, turkey basters,
squeeze bottles, sieves, and sponges.
| Provide objects that sink and objects that float.
Can your children predict which will be sinkers
and which will be floaters?
| Include objects that absorb water and objects
that donít. Encourage predicting which will absorb
and which wonít.
| Make your own bubble solution. To 2½ quarts
water, add ½ cup dishwashing liquid plus
2 teaspoons light corn syrup. Pour the solution
into a pail for outdoor use.
| Use objects that have holes in them for bubble
makers: slotted spoons, plastic berry baskets, plastic
six-pack holders, and so forth.
| Add liquid soap to a pan of water and place the
pan in a sunny spot. Using straws, blow bubbles
in the water and look for tiny rainbows in the bubbles.
Let your children enjoy these playtime activities.
| Wash íní Dry: Wash doll clothes in a tub
of sudsy water and rinse. Hang the clothes to dry on a
clothesline strung at the childrenís level.
| Car Wash: Use sponges and buckets of water
to clean bikes, trikes, and wagons. For toy cars and trucks,
wash with water and cotton balls.
| Water Works: Help with cleaning tasks,
such as washing plastic dishes, sponging off the snack
table, or washing outdoor areas with a hose.
Invite your children to try one or more of the following activities.
| Put on bathing suits and run through the sprinkler.
| Try hitting an outdoor target using squeeze bottles
filled with water.
| Float around the room like bubbles while listening
| Let your children help make soup by adding prepared
veggies to a pot of water.
| Together, measure and stir water into a soft-drink
mix. Serve in small cups.
| Mix juice with sparkling water for a bubbly beverage.
Tune: Frere Jacques
In the tub,
In the tub.
I just love water play.
I could splish and splash all day.
In the tub,
In the tub.
Continue with two additional verses.
The song stays the same only “In the tub” changes.
Second verse: In the lake (or ocean).
Third verse: In rain puddles.