Yes, I know, it says tea party for two and yet there are three cups?
The spare cup is for Rose or myself to join in the fun.
Rose, hugging an ice pack for a boo-boo, struggles not to touch the set up!
“Wow, a real teapot?”
Yes. This set comes with a gorgeous tea pot but it was MIA at tea time.
The tea pot I used is my own, the pink one would have matched better.
Taking turns to pour.
Apparently dunking mini Oreos in crystal light is tasty.
Sticking your pinkie out and saying cheers is of course a necessary requirement of a tea party.
How do you do tea parties?
Yesterday I pulled out the green Bubber and some fun additions including Bright Buttons, Coloured Flat Wooden Shapes and some stems.
I put it all in a box and made it look pretty (forgot to take a photo) and the first thing the girls did was pull everything onto the table to play. When it comes to Bubber, it doesn’t need to be organised; once you feel the stuff you just want to play!
Rose enjoyed using the buttons and a few other green things I had thrown in the box, to make prints in the Bubber.
Daisy was more into using the Bubber as a base for building on top of.
“Blow out the candle on your cake” she requested.
The Green House!
The added bonus with Bubber is that it doesn’t weld itself into the carpet as play dough does. It does not dry out and all you need is a dustpan and brush to clean it up.
Need I say more?
With there not being a chance of getting a pool outside for months, we have been enjoying water play inside, in other ways.
These include learning to dry non breakable dishes, playing in the bath and sensory water tub play using:
Water has such a wonderful, calming affect on Rose in particular. She is 2 1/2 and often struggles with temper and sensory overload. Water provides a break for her. She can focus on the feeling of water running through her fingers, play with the effects water has on objects and enjoy listening to the sounds made by moving water. The conversations that come from water play are great!
Here she is organsing her ‘ducks in a row’ and talking to them. Counting the dots on the duck’s back helps her remember number order and associate oral numbers with physical counts. The number figure on the bottom is more useful for Daisy who is currently working on number formation.
Ideas for Setting up Water Play
- Sort objects in water by colour, shape, size, weight etc.
- Investigate which container holds more
- Go fishing
Whatever you are doing at the water centre have fun and enjoy the conversations!