7/8/11

Cool It, Kids!

Outdoor play is essential to proper growth and development. We spend about two hours outside every day, even in the Texas summer. One of our favorite ways to stay cool when it's 100 degrees outside, is to play with a water table. It doesn't have to be a fancy one. You can fill a storage bin with water and add toys. Today we've been using our water animals set, plus funnels and scoops.
Safety is a huge issue with a water table. Children can drown in less than 2 inches of water, so never leave children alone near water. We empty the water table every time when we go inside. That keeps the birds and bugs out of the water, and waters the grass too!
Sometimes we'll add liquid detergent to make bubbles. Other times we'll add food coloring or a scent, like peppermint extract, to the water. The kids love to use the boat set too. We recently added a set of ducks, each one with a letter of the alphabet on the bottom. Other fun additions to water include aquarium rocks, moon sand, sponges, baby dolls, and dishes. What else might be fun in the water table?




6 comments:

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  2. Very cute pictures. My grands play in the bathtub with toys like those. Loads of fun. Doylene

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  4. Between water tables or the sand my grand kids could play all day doing this.

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