It is hot on our side of the world at the moment. So hot that spending a lot of time outside to play can become quite unpleasant. Needless to say, water features regularly in our outdoor play during these hot summer months.
Whether it be stirring up concoctions in the paddle pool,
Spraying the graffiti wall (or each other),
Conducting our own rescue operation,
Or ‘washing’ our toys,
We find a shady spot and try to stay a little bit cool in the overwhelming heat.
Water play is a valuable sensory activity and provides for wonderful open-ended exploration of all manner of scientific and mathematical concepts. And it doesn’t have to stop when the weather cools down. Playing with water even when it is cold outside, just takes a little forethought and preparation and you can find my simple-to-implement tips for playing with water in the cooler months in Issue 2 of Play Grow Learn. With 55 pages of play for children aged 0-5, and contributors from all around the world, you are sure to find inspiration for playtime at your house!