One of the easiest, most sure-fire ways to engage kids in simple outdoor play is to add a little water to the mix. The aisles of the local big box store will offer you a variety of pools, sprinklers, and slippery-slides that certainly can be lots of fun if you have the money to spend and the space to enjoy them. But what if you only have a stretch of sidewalk, a balcony, or a porch for close-to-home outdoor time? Or perhaps you would rather save your pennies for a big trip or a little staycation time?
One classic idea my mother-in-law shared with me is to let the kids “wash dishes” outside. This is a great go-to activity whether you have acres of space or just little spot all to yourself. All you need is a couple of buckets, pails, or big bowls, some dishes for washing (you’ll probably want to choose the unbreakable variety), and some water. Add a dot of dish soap to one container of water and reserve the other container for rinsing. What a simple way to enjoy a little time in the shade – washing, rinsing, splashing, talking, laughing, and playing.
What does water play look like in your outdoor space?
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