As I wait
impatiently patiently for the weather to get better, I’ve had to dig up new indoor activities to keep Adelaide entertained. Last week’s activity: water in a bin on the floor.
They did this activity at Gymboree last week and I thought, “how simple! I can do this at home!”. I had to find a low-walled tub that would hold the water…the best thing I found around our house was a plastic drawer. I dumped the contents out onto the counter and filled it half-way up with water. Then I grabbed some toys for the water: one of Adelaide’s bath toys (net with three floating fish to catch), her nesting barrels and I dug out an old set of measuring cups from our kitchen.
Then, since we have wall-to-wall carpet in every room of the house (ok, not the kitchen, but it feels like it sometimes!) I had to prep the living room floor. I grabbed an old shower curtain and laid it out on the floor as a water barrier. Then I grabbed a nice absorbent beach towel, folded it in half, and put it in the center of the shower curtain. Finally, I set the plastic tup with water in the center of the beach towel. I also had an extra beach towel set off to the side for emergency clean-ups.
The measuring cups turned out to be the only things she played with. I showed her how we can count the number of small cupfuls of water it took to fill the biggest cup, and she thought this was a pretty sweet game. I tried to tell her that she was learning fractions, but she didn’t seem interested in the big crazy words mommy was using—she just wanted to count.
This was easily an hour’s worth of fun and produced a relatively small mess that was SUPER easy to clean up. Verdict: we’ll be doing this again! Here are some photos!