Water Phonics

Water Phonics

It's summer. It's hot. Really really hot. I also have a 3 year old who has no interest in being indoors. So we are outside a lot. He also is really into learning letters now that he has his name mastered. Therefore, I give you our version of Water Phonics. You basically only need two things: sidewalk chalk and a water squirter of some sort. We hit up the dollar store for … [Read more...]

Toddler Water Play

Toddler Water Play

Toddler Water Play is a fun way to keep your toddler cool this summer! My son would play with the hose all day if we let him, but of course we limit it to a short period of the day. This is an activity that he absolutely loves and it keeps him cool during the hot summer days. We line up cups of different sizes on the ground. Then we turn on the hose, just so it's trickling … [Read more...]

Simple Summer Water Play

painting with water

Simple Summer Water Play Don't feel like filling up the kiddie pool?  Try these simple and fun ways to get wet and stay cool with minimal preparation. Fence Painting.  Maybe it's Tom Sawyer syndrome, but I remember spending several hot summer days as a child "working" hard to paint our fence with water and a paintbrush.  Getting to use a real grownup paintbrush was … [Read more...]

Squirt a Shape Bath Game

Shapes Bath Game 1

This simple bath game was a big hit in our house this week! I got some brightly colored foam sheets from the Dollar Tree and cut them into the simple shapes we had been learning.  She loves "sticking" them to the walls, taking them down, and putting them back up. Once she had some shapes up on the tub walls, I gave her the baster and asked her to squirt the circle.  Then I … [Read more...]

Water Themed Summer Challenge – Week 2


Spice up your Summer with The Activity Mom's 8 Week Summer Challenge! For each of the 8 weeks of Summer we will challenge you to try one new activity. Pick one activity from the themed list and try it any time during the week. That's it! Guaranteed Summer fun! We'd love to hear how it goes. Summer Challenge - Week 2 - Play with Water and Ice Pick one to try this … [Read more...]

DIY Water Run


I always try to add a new twist to the playing and learning that happens at our water/sand table. I've tried water beads, a frog pond theme, and this time I decided to make a DIY water run to encourage the kids to experiment and pretend. Empty International Delight coffee creamer bottles, water bottles, and a milk jug were the perfect size and shape to make the water … [Read more...]

Water Play


Ever since LM was just one years old, his favorite activity has been water play.  It may appear that during water play that all children are doing is getting wet and splashing, when in actuality a lot of learning is taking place. Learning can occur in a variety of areas during water play.. science, math, creativity and more.  Recently, I read a wonderful article titled … [Read more...]

I-Spy Water Bag


After making a sensory water bag for baby N, I decided to make an I-Spy water bag for B. I filled it with straws, beads, and foam stickers. After making a sensory water bag for baby N, I decided to make an I-Spy water bag for B. I filled it with straws, beads, and foam stickers. He had a good time moving everything around and finding the letters of his name one time, but … [Read more...]

Baby Activity – Playing with Water


Jen at Creative and Curious Kids, does a Baby Times post and had the idea to let your baby splash in a bowl or bucket of water.  It is a great sensory experience! I tried it with N and she kept trying to put the bowl in her mouth so I poured a half of a bowl of water on her high chair tray and let her spread it around and splash in it. She loved it! … [Read more...]

Mini Water Transfer


I got this mini ice cube tray from the grocery store and saved a dropper from an empty medicine bottle for this mini water transfer activity. B had fun transferring water from a bowl and filling up each of the sections. I drew small circles on wax paper with a Sharpie for this water transfer activity. I challenged B to squeeze one drop of blue water in each … [Read more...]

Bottle Top Fish


Bottle Top Fish is an easy activity to set up and fun to play for your toddler or preschooler! With the extra bottle tops I had, I drew fish on them and floated them in a bowl. I gave B a spoon with holes in it and he transferred them to another container. He also tried to transfer them with salad tongs. (Both ideas are great for motor skill development!) Then, I … [Read more...]

Baby Activity – Sensory Water Bag

baby activity sensory water bag

Jackie from Ready.Set.Read! emailed me this fabulous idea that her baby loves and I couldn't wait to try it! To make a sensory water bag, simply fill up a ziplock with little items and water. I used a lid, beads, pieces of straws, a toy lizard, foam letter stickers, and pom poms. Then, tape off all sides to make sure it doesn't leak. I used packaging tape. If you have a food … [Read more...]