I love to get the kids outside everyday, regardless of the weather, but sometimes that isn’t always an option. There are days when it is just too hot for even a 10 minute play session in the shade. There are other days when it storms too heavily for puddle stomping. I never experienced hot rain before I moved here but it has become a monkey wrench in our efforts towards playing outside everyday.
In lieu of outdoor play everyday, I’ve had to adjust to allow for some traditionally outdoor activities to occur inside. Like water play.
Many afternoons I’ve filled up the bath tub and allowed the children to splash in there rather than take them outside to play in their paddling pool.
This is another extension of that indoor water play: bubble exploration.
I don’t know what the fascination is with bubbles but my children *LOVE* them.
They just can’t stop playing with bubbles!
So last week I dusted off one of the paddling pools and brought it into the living room:
I arranged a variety of ways to explore bubbles inside of the pool, instructing the children to sit next to the pool and try to keep most of the mess in the pool.
The two green bowls each are half-full of a homemade bubble solution and each have two wands from store bought bubbles. Between the green bowls are a half dozen plastic shot glasses each 1/4 full of dish soap. Next to the shot glasses are two empty dish soap bottles filled with water. In the middle there is a serving platter with spoons, eye droppers, red water, red sponges, yellow water, yellow sponges, blue water, and blue sponges (the water was dyed with food coloring, the sponges were bought in a pack of 10 at Dollar Tree and cut up into smaller pieces).
I was impressed to see all the ways the children found to play with these supplies. They stacked the sponges like blocks. They used the sponges to wash the inside of the pool. They splashed their hands in the green bowls of bubbles. They blew bubbles with the wands. They used the eye droppers and spoons to mix the colored water in the shot glasses. They exercised their hand muscles squeezing the water out of the dish soap bottles. They even discovered that if you put a yellow sponge into blue water, it turns green (pictured above).