Motherhood, Art, Creative Play, and Finding Joy in Everyday Life

Toddler Activity: Watering Plants


A perfect way to entertain a toddler on a hot, summer day is to give them a watering can and set them the task of watering the plants. I have mentioned this activity before in my post about water play, but it has become such a recurring theme for Simon this summer that I thought it deserved another post.

Not only is this really fun, but it offers a lot of opportunities for learning: helping plants grow, motor skills and coordination, observing nature, getting exercise, etc.

On this particular day, we had a pool filled that Simon could dip his little watering can into for refilling. Since a toddler can go through a lot of water very quickly, this was ideal. However, a large basin or bucket would have done the trick too, and of course, you could always help them with the hose. (The hose just requires more effort on your part, and potentially wastes more water.)

Of course, if you don’t have a watering can available, any cup or non-breakable container will do.

There was a lot of watering various other things outside too. Simon liked the way the walkway stones would change to a darker color when he poured water on them. This incorporated an element of art into his play too.

I would have to say, for this 2-year old, a watering can is one of his absolute favorite toys.


Author: thismummaslife

I am a Mumma, Wife and part-time Assistant Children's Librarian. I want this blog to be a collection of moments from daily life that may inspire or be relatable. Please feel free to leave me comments, thoughts, feedback or stories from your own life.

7 thoughts on “Toddler Activity: Watering Plants

  1. My kiddo loves to water too! We also use the watering can to empty the pool (so not to waste water)- Great post.

  2. Love little ones watering plants. It is always so cute!

  3. Ooh, I’m totally going to do this with my toddler today. He has a watering can too and he likes to help with the plants outside.

  4. My kids love doing that too! We also turned on the sprinkler for them this past week!

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