Baby E is 6 months old and is scooting around all over the place. His favorite place to scoot to is the cat’s water bowl. Many, many times a day I have to move him away from the water bowl. I don’t mind him playing in water, but want him to do it in clean water…not the cat’s water.
So, I decided that it was time to set up some water play for him. Unfortunately, most water play for babies requires that they are sitting fully unsupported. Well, Baby E is just now starting to sit and I’m not comfortable with him sitting in, or around, water. So, I had to get a bit creative.
I laid out a towel and placed a baking sheet on top. I poured a bit of water in the baking sheet and added a few of his balls.
I planned on taking off his onsie, but he was in it and wet before I even got a chance!
He spent most of the time using his hands to explore the water and playing with the balls.
But it soon became a full body experience when his feet, legs, and belly got into the water too.
The best was when he started splashing and his face got wet too. This brought on many giggles of laughter and he had to try it over and over again.
Not only was this fun, it was a great learning adventure too. He got to feel the wet and cold of the water all over his little body. He saw the ripples and splashes that the water made. He heard the sounds of the water, and even tried tasting it. He saw cause and effect when he moved the water around, and had a great time doing it!
I wasn’t sure how successful this would be when I set it up and was pleasantly surprised when he played with it for about 15 minutes…which is forever in baby time.
This will be an activity that we’ll do again, for sure! So very simple and great for little ones.
As always, be safe. Please do not leave babies unattended with water.
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