Just add water

Boo loves water! I’d love to think it was because she was born in the pool (second time around I got my dream birth plan – I must’ve earned extra birthing points after Squidge’s birth). However I think it is more likely linked to the trajectory schema she is displaying constantly in her play.

When it’s warm enough I like to let the girls loose in the water. I’ve had a few blow up paddling pools and they never last long. This box is a perfect size for water play and so many other things – it fits under beds, it fits over my sand tray to actually keep it dry (the lid is completely useless), I use it for sensory activities too. If you’d like one, this one is from a certain scandinavian furniture store you may or may not have heard of. Knowing full well she’ll end up in the water, I’d usually strip Boo off beforehand, but with a blogpost in mind I kept her covered up. She did end up totally nudey dude by the end!

As you can see I’d got a few of our water toys out, they’re some of the bits we’d normally have in the bath. Boo went straight for the cups. She selected the cup she wanted and pushed it into the water, letting it fill from the hole in the bottom. She tipped it out and filled it several times and also had a few sips! The water is coloured with food colouring so it’s perfectly safe to drink. She then gave the cup to me.

I knew she wanted me to lift the cups for the water to trickle out. This is her favourite thing to do in the bath, just look at her little face. When the water is falling her face will light up, she puts her fingers into the stream. When we first used to do this she would try and catch the stream with her fore finger and thumb, in a pincer. It took her a while to fathom that she couldn’t hold it like a piece of string.

Next Boo chose two different cups and filled them in the same way, then lifted them high to watch the water drip, drop. She repeated this several times over. She went on to pour from one cup to the other, over and over until there was none left and she had to fill up and start again.

After a good 20 minutes worth of scooping, pouring and transferring Boo carefully inspected the bottom of a couple of the cups. I’ve never seen her do this before. She could be making a link to how quickly the water trickles out, or why some only have one stream of water and others are more like rain – but I can only speculate. She went back to pouring for a short while, but as you can see, by now the water had seeped right up her top and she wanted to strip off.

Boo uses these methods of pouring in other forms of play. I can’t leave any drink, even her own, unattended as the minute she gets chance she’ll pour it out! I’ve tried different cups, even the ones with the twist up tops – she works them out faster than I can find a replacement. She was pouring left over tea from one cup to the other the other day. This idea obviously fascinates her at the minute.

To move her thinking forward I plan to build a small water wall for her to play with. There’s a few ideas on Pinterest which I like. I have bought a piece of trellis already. Next I need to source some tubes, pieces of guttering, connectors, funnels, buckets, watering cans – and anything else I spot! The plan is to attach the trellis to our existing fence panel at a good height for Boo. Then attach the pieces with cable ties. The tray or washing up bowls can be placed at the bottom to catch the water.

I’d also like to make another version to attach to the fence near the large shed where all our pebbles are so she can try the same process with the pebbles. We could try putting lots of different materials down if she finds it just as fascinating!

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I’ll be sure to write a blog post all about it!

Lots of love Cat & Boo xx

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  • Claire (July 9, 2016)

    How lovely. My daughter loves water play too and usually climbs right in just like yours. I’d love to make her a water wall (I have many saved on pinterest but never get round to it. Boo is very lucky.

    • Cat (July 9, 2016)

      Thank you. I’m counting it as an ‘add on’ project to the whole garden make over. My husband has officially banned us from all renovation type things for the next couple of months at least! He’d like an actual day off.

  • blabbermama (July 9, 2016)

    My son adores the bath. Honestly he’s such a water baby. We do sensory play as well. I can’t wait until he’s a little older so I can do more types of play with him. Your pictures are so cute! #fortheloveofBLOG

    • Cat (July 9, 2016)

      Thank you! Get stuck in early, the earlier the better 🙂 There’s lots of edible things you can try – coloured spaghetti was a fave here xxx

  • Anna (July 11, 2016)

    We bought a couple of these boxes for under our bed and I ended up using one as a makeshift sandpit for a while. I never thought of filling it with water though! We have no idea where our paddling pool is after last summer but I am going to stop looking and borrow this idea instead! x

    • Cat (July 11, 2016)

      It’s really sturdy, I much prefer it to the paddling pools that have only ever lasted us a couple of weeks – I might have to get another out for a sand pit now! ha ha xx

  • Ursula (Mumbelievable) (July 12, 2016)

    Isn’t it amazing how creative they get when you just let them free to explore things? The work things out and it’s so incredible to watch. Thanks for sharing this….it’s so lovely to see the extraordinary in the ordinary things. Love it! Xxx #twinklytuesday

    • Cat (July 12, 2016)

      I love that – seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary! Thank you xxx

  • The Pramshed (July 13, 2016)

    You are so creative! Water is a great thing to play with as a child and I completely understand your child being interested in falling water. Mine loves it when we pour water out of a shampoo bottle over her, and finds it great fun to grab the falling water too. I love the ideas you had for the water wall, I’m going to have to look that up to see what it’s all about. Thanks so much for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG this week. Claire x

    • Cat (July 13, 2016)

      Well I’ve already made our water wall and pebble drop – once I get something in my head I have to do it right away. I’ll tweet you when I post the blog about it. It was really simple to do and not too expensive, especially if they use it a lot. Xx

  • Laura (July 14, 2016)

    My son loves any kind of water play too – love the idea of using these boxes! #twinklytuesday

    • Cat (July 14, 2016)

      🙂 Thanks x

  • Lisa (mummascribbles) (July 18, 2016)

    Zach is absolutely fascinated with pouring water from one cup to another! He will spend an age in the bath doing just that! Love that you are creating this in the garden for Boo! Perfect weather for it right now! Thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

    • Cat (July 19, 2016)

      Thanks! They’ve already played with it lots, so it was worth the time and effort. 🙂 xx

  • Alana - Burnished Chaos (July 26, 2016)

    How have I never thought of using a plastic tub and food colouring before? This is such a great idea. I’ve been eyeing up the amazing water walls on Pinterest too, my little girl would love them.

    • Cat (July 26, 2016)

      If you like that for a simple idea, have a look a sticky blocks! Though I cannot claim the credit for that idea, it is simply genius! 🙂 xx

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