Okay, I'm sure water play as a summer boredom buster seems like a no brainer. I mean who hasn't put out the sprinkler or kiddie pool for their kids on a hot summer day? Well, there are some other water activities your kids can do if they get bored with the sprinkler or if you live in an apartment.
There are a number of water tables available now that are affordable that one can invest in. Better yet, and much more affordable, you can invest in a couple of large Rubbermaid containers. I prefer plain containers without all the contraptions and attachments as I believe it fosters more creativity and requires kids to use their imagination more.
- scented bubbles
- ice cubes
- stacking cups
- lids from fast food restaurants
- plastic bugs and other items to explore what sinks and what floats
- food coloring
- baby oil
Some of my personal favorites for a water box include:
- sponges (great for the muscles in the hand)
- eye droppers (plastic of course -- these are great for working on emerging pincer grasps)
- turkey basters
- measuring spoons and cups
Like the rice box activity, you can also use themes to keep it interesting. Change out the items that you put in it to keep it interesting over the course of the summer:
- put play dishes, cups, silverware, etc. and let them "wash their dishes"
- let them give their dinosaurs, cars, babies, etc. a bath
You get the idea. One of my kids favorites was no more than a bucket of soapy water, some sponges and towels so they could wash their bikes, hot wheels, etc.
Thanks, Melitsa, for the great ideas! We'll talk about some more water play activities over the next week.
If you have any ideas or suggestions for the Summer Boredom Buster series, drop me a line at email@example.com.