Water & Ice Fun
Kids love to play in the water and with water whatever way they can. I tried some simple water & ice activities for preschoolers on hot summer days. Here are some ideas that worked well.
- Ice cubes Markers on Popsicle sticks for writing and drawing outside. Instead of using an ice cube tray, I used a mini muffin tray to create larger ice cubes and added half of a Popsicle stick for the kids to hang on to. I added food coloring to a few of them to see if that helped create a better contrast. Now these Ice Cube stick Markers work better after they have been out in the heat for a few minutes.
2. Paint with water. This is so simple, I feel a little ridiculous writing about it, but my kids love to “paint” with water outside. I bought a few paint brushes from the Dollar Tree and it keeps them busy for almost an hour (which is forever for toddlers & preschoolers). A bucket of water & paint brushes is all you need.
3. Another great motor skill activity for the water table, pool or bowl of water, is using small fish nets for little toys and characters. Kids can create different variations of this “Fishing for Friends” activity.
4. Create boats out of Aluminium foil. Experiment to see if toys float in them.
5. The last, but probably the simplest thing, is spray bottles. I picked up a few at the dollar store because my kids always want to “help” me use the cleaning spray bottles in the house. So I thought filling them with water and using them outside would be a huge hit.
What I have learned from trying different water activities is that simple is best. The simpler they were the longer they were entertained. Please let me know which ones were your kids favorites.