Watered Down

While it's still hot outside, try some water play!

You'll incorporate STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) into staying cool.

Volume Play: One of my favorites that will keep kids busy for a long time. Find various sizes of cups, bowls, measuring cups/spoons and pitchers. Give them a bucket of water and let them go to town filling and dumping and discovering. Bonus: add food coloring or liquid watercolors to cups and experiment with making new colors. I use this activity in my Building Blocks program and it's always a hit.
Fluffy Clouds: Add a tiny amount of blue food coloring or liquid watercolors to a bucket of water. Open a large bag of cotton balls (or use sponges) and place them in the bucket to soak up water. Ask your children to squeeze the water out (fine motor skills!) and talk about its new shape. Point out that real clouds work the same way! Our Little Explorers series used this activity in their Clouds program.
Sensory Beach: Fill a shallow container with water and add shells, rocks or anything that will sink. While your child plays, use words that describe texture and size, and see if they will tell you what they feel using the same vocabulary. From Fantastic Fun and Learning.
Spoon It Out: This activity is perfect for young toddlers or when you don't want to make a huge mess. Fill a bowl with water and drop in any object that floats. The blogger used baby food pouch caps (brilliant), but you can use a smaller object for older toddlers and preschoolers. Hand your child a spoon and let them work their skills to get the objects out. From Love Peace Beauty.

Catherine, one of our storytime specialists, once gave me a great piece of advice. She said that when kids were cranky, the best solution was to add water. Water play, swimming, baths or anything that uses water as a toy is a safe bet.

Try it out and tell us how it went!

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