I don’t know about you, but my girls are way into fairies and ballerinas. They just can’t get enough of either. We’re either in tutus or fairy wings every minute, or a combination of the two. It’s getting really hot here in Southern California so I’m trying to come up with new ways to enjoy water play, a summertime staple for little kids. This weekend we made fairy soup and man was this a hit.
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It’s amazing what a little food coloring, gem stones and purple star wands can do. (You can also find these materials at party stores and dollar stores. I linked to Amazon for convenience.) I set out a big bucket from Ikea, that we use for pretty much everything, added wands and gems, plus a few bowls and cups for moving things around. I had a few separate buckets along the side as well that the girls could transfer the colored water back and forth to. Though, the best trick for hours of fun outdoor water play is by far this secret weapon! This thing is amazing. I got ours about a year ago as a gift. We used it for a party and left it outside for a bit after the party. That’s when I discovered that it’s seriously the best toy ever for little kids. They love to turn the nozzle and collect water in different cups and bowls. I don’t know if it’s the flow of the water or turning the water on and off, but man, this thing is awesome! Every kid I’ve ever had over for play group has enjoyed playing with this. I can’t recommend this great outdoor “toy” enough. You can purchase it here. They have a few choices on Amazon. The bigger one is a little more pricey but seriously, this is the gift that keeps on giving so I think it’s worth it. We use it all the time!
As you can see, the girls were so engaged in this activity. They moved back and forth from the bucket to the water dispenser, filling the different vessels and pouring them into the buckets. I had music playing in the background. Our favorite Pandora stations are Family Folk Songs and The Muppet Station. This was just a great way to spend a Saturday.
Of course, if your child is still putting things in his or her mouth, than keep the gems out of this activity. I’m sure you can find some other larger items around the house to do this with that are safe for your child.