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.)
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.