Our outdoor active play toys, ride-ons, rocker crocodile, and hop balls are always a little dusty after being storage all winter. With six months of winter here, under the deck provides a safe location for toys but a dirty one too.
Spring means cleaning time and the flowers got to work. I suggested they have a go at cleaning their toys and they were both excited to try.
Armed with a bucket of warm soapy water and two microfiber cloths the girls worked for half an hour, taking each toy in turn. Warm water in much more inviting when the temperatures are still chilly. The bucket tipped over once but we just filled it up again. I would recommend an basin or bin for water.
We may find our toys need another little wash around August. This time it will be cold water and the hose may me used to rinse off the suds.
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!