- Oil and water – Either make layers or put the two in a bottle with a tight lid to play with. Another fun one for older babies if you add a drop of colour to the water.
- Floating and sinking – Put different things in a puddle or small container to see which ones float or sink.
- Detergent mixing – Put a bit of water and a drop of detergent into a large bowl and let them go with hand beaters. Or half fill a small bottle with a drop of detergent and close it tightly. This one is good for babies as a type of rattle.
- Colour it – Put some in a clear bowl and watch through the side as you drip colour in and watch how it spreads out. You can then paint with it.
- Currents – Push your hand through the water and watch how other things move without you touching them.
- Water wheel – Either a homemade one or a bought one, these are fun for every age.
- Containers – Pour water between containers. This is really good if you can have containers the same size but different shapes, or the same shape but different sizes.
- Build landscapes – I love making little streams and watching how the water flows. It’s almost hypnotic.
- Imaginative play – A few props can make imagination richer. Play with boats, fish, merpeople or look for sunken treasure. Pretend to be a raindrop!
- Sponges – Generally great fun squeezing them, seeing the bubbles and feeling the water coming out. Or on a hot day throw them to (at?) each other for cool fun.
- Surface tension – There are all sorts of fun ways to play with the skin on top of the water.
- Rainbows – with a glass of water or with a hose, put your finger over the end to make it spray in the sun and see the rainbow.
- Slip around – Spread a tarpaulin out somewhere safe and mix up a bit of detergent in a bucket of water, then pour it over. Great fun to roll and slide around and a big change for crawling babies.
That’s 23 things to do with water all up. What other games do you play with it?
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