This morning’s fun was something pretty darn simple = soapy water and dishes! Of course, simple activities should never be discounted when it comes to planning for kiddos! Children love to emulate adults, be it basic everyday tasks, interactions with others, or language we’d rather they didn’t repeat. Pretend play, sensory play, and helping around the house give kids the chance to practice and explore what they see their parents do. Plus, it’s just fun for them!
Our water table was a disaster this morning, thanks in part to the kids putting dirty outside toys in it yesterday (and also thanks to me forgetting to cover it last night). So, the first task was to clean it. Engineer eagerly volunteered to help me remove the water toys, get rid of the dirty water, and scrub down the inside of the water table.
We have a lot of water toys (and toys the kids deem fit to be water toys) on the back porch in a crate. I wanted this activity to be a bit more focused, so I hid these toys in the bathtub for the morning. Once that was taken care of, I brought out a few things from the kitchen:
- dish-washing soap
- rubber gloves
- scrub brushes
- mixing bowls
- utensils (mixing spoons, ladle, potato masher, whisks)
I added clean, warm water to the table next. Usually, I just use cold water, but I wanted to simulate the act of washing dishes (at least to start out with). I squirted some liquid Palmolive into the water and let the kids have at it.
Engineer looked at it and exclaimed, “Hey, where’s the bubbles” right away, so I showed him and Snoopy how to use the whisks. They both had a blast whipping up some bubbles before bringing the other items into play. Engineer, Snoopy, and Little Hurricane spent about two hours playing with the soapy water this morning. They wandered into the house to do other things, but they always seemed to gravitate outside within a few minutes. The kiddos splashed, cooked “soap soup”, scrubbed the porch, carried bowls of soapy water to the picnic table and back, filled the rubber gloves with water, and goofed off quite a bit!
By the end of it, my son stripped down to his underwear because he was tired of getting “soakin’ wet” while playing. All in all, a great way to spend the morning!
Have you tried something simple like this with your kiddos? How did they like it?
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