Wednesday, September 1, 2010

What to do Wednesday? Get Wet!

Though we are moving into fall, we still have some really nice weather left to take advantage of! I found this nice family play article in the August 2010 issue of Parenting magazine.

Get Wet! Make a splash with these fun activities

Ball Blast: Use ropes to create a circle or square on your lawn. Place balls of varying sizes and weights inside. Give your child a hose and challenge her to push the balls out with the water in less than a minute.

Pool Ping-Pong: Float an inner tube in the center of the pool, then toss a bunch of ping-pong balls in the water. Kids who know how to swim unassisted can jump in, retrieve the balls, and try to toss them in the tube.

Balloon Babies: Fill up a water balloon and draw a face on it with a dark marker. Wrap it in a paper towel, then hand your kid (4 and up) his new "baby." See how long he can take care of it before it breaks.

Backyard Bath: Take advantage of a warm summer evening by bathing your baby (and older siblings if they're game!) outdoors. Fill a kiddie pool with water, bath toys, and bubbles, and turn a chore into a delight.

Spray of Light: Little Tykes can help you garden by watering plants with a spray bottle: give bigger guys the while hose (and expect them to get wet!). If it's a sunny day, show them how they can spot a rainbow in the mist.

Freeze!: Place plastic bugs, toy cars, or other small treasures in your cube tray, add water, and freeze. Then hand a piece of ice to your child (age 3 and up) and have her melt it in her hands until the prize emerges.

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