Lid Soup Water Play

This is really easy and lots of fun for toddlers! Water, food colouring, assorted plastic lids, kitchen utensils and other random ingredients such as chopped wool and buttons!

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Amazing how something so simple can be so engaging! Water play is always a winner.

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Little Cork Boats with Sails for Toddlers

Cork rafts can be found all over the net and this is our version. We used string to bind them instead of the usual cocktail sticks to make them safer for very young children to play with them. We made our sails from craft felt which is colourful, stiff, and enduring. I stapled these straight through the pop stick mast for speed and durability.

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So what do you do with them? Well….

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Tip tap Water Wall

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There are lots of Water Wall ideas to be found knocking about on the web, and this is my unique version. Inspired by African Tip Taps! It has pipes but it is different because my items are hanging from bars (yet another use for my towel rail) rather than attached to a wall. This means items can be filled and then tipped!

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I’ve added a plastic pint glass and a bucket with pull strings. Also rather than open ended pipes I’ve put in U-bend pipes and closed bottom containers with a few holes in to allow the water to empty in slow little fountains.

The Tip Tap is the milk container. It has a large hole in the back for filling, a pierced lid and a cord, so when pulled it empties as a little shower.

Please let us know about your ideas!

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Water Pistol Painting

One of this weeks creative play activities.

20130729-135654.jpgFirst thing is first you need some pistols, so pop to your pound store! Or don’t ! Actually a small pop bottle with a hole in the lid is easier for young toddlers to use, and fires further! We made small holes in each lid using a hammer and a nail.
We pegged up a sheet and watered down some washable paint. Off they when improving their co-ordination while making pretty patterns!
Careful!! This may bring out the toddler in you! Spot the parent above having a little go 🙂

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Drain Pipe Slide

There is just something great about this activity. It never gets old! Children simply love washing objects down a tube. We have a full drain pipe and a half pipe.

Washing people down the shoot is great fun but also improves co-ordination, links cause and effect and involves gravity and friction.

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So what have we washed down our water spout? Spiders (of course), ice cubes, wooden beads, cut drinking straws, play people, chop tinsel, rubber ducks, boats, sea creatures and plastic fruit and veg…so far!
If you’ve not got one I recommend a trip to your local DIY shop. We got our half pipe for around a fiver!

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Frozen Water Balloons

Frozen water balloons for tomorrow’s workshop! Water paint squired into a balloon, topped up with water and frozen over night.

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Results to follow after tomorrow’s session!

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Melty slushy fun!

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Frozen Play Box and Hammer

Freeze almost anything in ice and give a toddler a play hammer. Instant problem to solve! The frozen water balloons where also a great sensory addition. Keep the balloon on and they go squashy as they melt or remove the rubber to reveal a frozen ball. Younger babies love the feel of the objects in the ice.

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I think I will try fruit next time.

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Pop Bottle Sprinkler

This was very successful! I used a sharp knife to carve a hole in the lid and a skewer to puncture the bottle…and done! Will (2yrs) set to experimenting with covering the holes and watching the fountains increase in height!

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