There comes a time in the deep south when summer rears it’s ugly, sweaty, heat-stroke head and you can’t take it anymore. You start getting cabin fever from being inside, but the whisper of the cool A/C cannot be ignored. Get outside with the kids and pups and have some fun with water! One of the cheapest, most fun toys out there. If you’ve got some creativity, water play can provide HOURS of entertainment for everyone in your household! Here are just a few ideas:
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~Take an old milk jug, and wash it out. With a flame (candle lighter) heat up the sharp end of a large sewing needle. Carefully pole holes in the milk jug lid. (Please don’t burn anything down. Be Careful!!!) Wipe the needle clean after each poke to remove plastic. Screw the lid back on, with water inside. Now water yourself, your kids, your plants!
~Take a few kitchen sponges from the dollar store and cut them into long strips. With thread or twine, tie them tightly together so they splay out into a ball. Now soak them in water and play catch!
~Visit the dollar store and find little plastic animals or figurines. Put one into a water balloon and then fill with water. Freeze. Pop the balloon off, and you have an encased figure. Crack them open outside and view with a magnifying lens, or watch them melt in the sunshine. If you have a babypool, or a water table, this makes a great little toy addition! (I can’t wait to do this with dinosaurs – looks like they will be born through sunshine!)
~Another recycling job: poke holes with a pen in a water bottle and scoop full of water to make another sprinkling toy!
~If it really is too hot for you, stay inside but still have water play! Fill a dish or baking pan with a small level of water and add some toys – teething rings, tupperware lids, small figures or cooking utensils. Sit with your child and watch him play with the water!
~And lastly, what would a little water play be without your furry babies!? They want in on the action, too! Dooley doesn’t like the hose much, so I’m making one of these for him a few times this summer. Makes for great entertainment on the patio. Look for my tutorial here!