So this is one of those activities where I wasn’t really sure how J would play with it. I set it up and just watched to see what he would do.
It turned out to be quite fun…and we both got pretty wet!
All I did was fill up some empty bottles (soda bottles, and creamer bottles) with water and a few drops of food coloring. I made 6 different colors for him to mix and play with.
I placed them next to a bunch of containers so he could have a place to mix. I later added a spoon, whisk, and a cup with a spout.
Like I said, I didn’t have an agenda and really I had no idea what he would do with them. I just set it up and let him go.
He opened, poured, and mixed all the colors. And ended up with some interesting colors. Let’s just call them “preschool brown”. (If you’re a preschool teacher, than you totally know what color I’m talking about!). Not quite the pretty colors I was hoping for…oh well.
J continued to mix, pour, and fill containers with water. I even turned on the tap outside so he could fill up containers with water…over, and over, and over again!
Somehow the play turned into this!
He ended up stripped down to his diaper and completely soaked. This boy loves water play!
It’s amazing how a simple little activity can turn into such a big mess! But, it was a fun mess!
Things that were learned and practiced today:
- He practiced large motor skills through all the lifting and pouring of water and carrying water in very full containers.
- He practiced fine motor skills by unscrewing and lifting the lids on and off bottles.
- He learned a lot about science through the mixing of colors, and all about what happens when we splash, pour, mix, throw water.
- He practiced his color identification.
- He heard and practiced saying lots of words like wet, water, pour, mix, throw, cold, etc.
J is 23 months old, but this game is perfect for any aged child. Who wouldn’t love mixing colors…and getting soaked in the process?