Super Simple Water Play Activities for the Bath or Paddling Pool!

I was asked (via the Facebook page) a couple of days ago for some ideas to play in the bath.  The only issue is, we don’t actually have a bath! J has a shower and G just goes in the baby bath.  So for arguments sake, imagine our paddling pool is a bath! The reality is, these activities could happen in bath or paddling pool anyway!

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Activity 1: Caution! Only Scientists Allowed!

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You will need:

  • LOTS of bubbles
  • Tongs
  • Squeezy bottles (one with mixture of food colouring and water one with water and bubbles)
  • Ice cube tray
  • Measuring spoons
  • Safety mask
  • Measuring jug
  • Food colouring
  • Sugar
  • Syringe
  • a plant pot with holes at the bottom

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J put on his mask and emptied the tray into the pool. He briefly investigated all of the tools to see what they would do…

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He then began scooping up the bubbles very gently as he ‘only wanted the bubbles not the water in the jug.’

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J’s favourite ‘tool’ was the fairy liquid bottle as he loved squeezing it below the surface of the water and creating more and bigger bubbles.

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J started dropping in some of the food colouring onto the bubbles and talked about how the yellow and blue mixed and made the water green.

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J wasn’t impressed with the red food colouring squeezey bottle as it didn’t make the bubbles red, so he unscrewed the top and tipped all the red water in!

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Before long, the water was an interesting colour, but J absolutely loved it!   He needed to wear his mask so that the ‘bubbles didn’t go up his nose!!’Water play.jpg121

J played with the plant pot for ages! He just loved the fact he flowed out of the three holes and did it over and over again.

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Activity 2: Collect the Eggs.

You will need:

  • ping pong balls
  • small sieve
  • dishWater play

Given how simple this game was, J played it for a very long time.  He liked the fact the ping pong balls (or eggs) floated on the water.

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Each time J collected all the eggs, he would throw them back into the water, counting them as he did so with one-to-one correspondence.

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The great thing about water play is tipping it all over your head to cool you down! Well, J thinks so anyway!

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This activity is fantastic for J’s motor skills…

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Activity 3: A Floating Tea Party

You will need:

  • a tray
  • plastic play tea cups
  • various tea pots, jugs
  • plastic tray

J loves making people a cuppa! So, a floating tea party was a must!  Water play.jpg6

Before J would even touch the tray, he was amazed that the tray and all it’s contents were floating!  ‘Why is it  floating Mummy?’

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J then went on to make me and G several cups of tea and coffee!

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As the water started to go on the tray, it began to sink and this was another point of discussion! ‘Why is it sinking Mummy?’

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J loved watching the spout pour out water and dipping his head below it…

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More ideas to come tomorrow…

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