Monday, November 5, 2012

Water Play with Kids Who Like to Drink the Water

Mud in the fall.  Ice in the winter.  Puddles in spring.  And pools in the summer.  We love water play at our house and I'm always looking for new and exciting ways to play in water year round.  I even devoted a board on Pinterest entirely to water play ideas.  The only problem is, I have a water drinker.  It doesn't matter if the water is chlorinated, soapy, or disgustingly dirty, Little Man always wants to drink big scoopfuls of water while playing.

In my quest to keep my little guy playing in the water without constantly having to say, "DON'T DRINK THAT WATER," I replaced most of his usual water toys with a variety that doesn't hold water.  Here are a few of our new favorites:
  1. Small balls and balloons took the place of squirt toys.
  2. Plastic cars  and animal figurines took the place of boats whose decks can hold a surprising amount of water.
  3. Slotted spoons and sand seives took the place of other scoops and spoons.
  4. A funnel took the place of several cups and bottles used for scooping and pouring water.
Thanks to some well placed slots and holes, we can continue our year round water play!

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