First at “GG’s” house (what Simon calls his Great-Grandmother), he spent most of his time happily helping her water her flowers. She also gave him a basin of water with some little toy boats floating in it that he had a blast with. He eventually figured out how to refill his little watering can on his own, and used it to give the ants “showers”. (I am not so sure the ants appreciated this.)
Today, we went to visit my parents, Simon’s “Mimi” and “Papa”. There he found his beach toys from last summer, and his Mimi kept refilling the bucket for him. He dipped in shovels, rakes, and measuring cups, splashed water all over the walkway, and dropped rocks into the bottom of the bucket. He also caught onto the idea of splashing Mumma, and giggled hysterically when I would shriek and run away from him.
Whether your child is an infant that can sit up, a toddler, or an older child, playing freely with water (while supervised, or course) is a terrific activity for a warm day. There are so many different ways to do this. You may own one of those fancy-schmancy water tables, or you might have only a bucket. You might include mud, rocks, grass, flowers, or other natural objects found around you. You could float boats, or have little toy people go swimming. If your child is old enough, have an experiment to see which things float, and which will sink. There are so many different imaginative ways to play with water, and this is definitely the perfect time of the year in our neck of the woods to enjoy them outside.
Do you and the child(ren) in your life have fun playing in the water outside? What are your favorite ways to do this?