Mini Water Wall and Other Fine Motor Water Play

Water walls are a lot of fun but can also be a lot of mess. If you don’t have the option to make one outside then the next best place might be the bathtub.
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SunnyGirl recently learned how to use an eye dropper, so I thought a smaller water wall would be a fun place to explore with this new found skill.
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I thought about what other water tools could be used to exercise fine motor muscles and decided to include a few.
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The water wall itself is made from straws. Each straw was cut in half and small strip of self-adhesive magnet was attached to the back. Despite the magnet being self-adhesive, I still wrapped a small piece of clear packaging tape around the straw and magnet.
The straws are arranged on the back of a cookie sheet and, of course, SunnyGirl can move them around to rearrange them with ease.
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The cookie sheet is mounted inside of a large baking pan and held in place by several 1-inch round magnets placed between the two.
Also inside the baking pan is a muffin tin tray with 5 cups of water and 1 cup of dish soap, a bowl with two small bubble wands, and 4 silicone cups holding her various water tools.
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Teaspoons, eye droppers, small pieces of sponge, and (almost empty) food dye droppers. *A warning to those thinking about trying this, food dye will stain your child’s skin and clothing. I allowed SunnyGirl to play with it because I was comfortable having her walk around with slightly orange skin for a couple days. If you are not comfortable with this then I suggest washable liquid water colors as a safe non-staining alternative. *
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SunnyGirl wasted no time delving in. Her first item to explore was the food dye. Normally she is only allowed to look-on while LittleMan and I handle the food dye droppers but, since these were nearly empty, I thought I’d let her have a go at it.
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After making all the water a red-orange and attempting to mix food dye into the dish soap, she took a brief break from the food dye to blow some bubbles.
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Eventually though, she decided to mix food dye into the bubble solution instead.
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There was much spooning and pouring between the silicone cups of water. There was also squeezing of the tiny sponges and squealing with delight at the bubbles when the water mixed with the dish soap.
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And eventually she made use of the water wall.

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3 Comments to Mini Water Wall and Other Fine Motor Water Play

  1. Kayla Hofstad says:

    I would have never thought of teaching this idea…. Great one….

  2. Brandy says:

    What a super fun idea! We can’t wait to try this.

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