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Staying Cool and Learning about Water

By Jean Van't Hul |

After our recent beach trip, I’ve been thinking more about water and all of it’s many properties. My toddler has always enjoyed water in the bath or the pool, but we haven’t really gone beyond that. I think it’s time to introduce some more water play into our days. And (especially considering the 90+ degree days we’re having) some ice play.

My aim is to spend the next few days in swimsuits exploring water with my kiddos. And yes, it’s as much an attempt to stay cool as anything else.

Here’s what we’re planning…

  • Fill a big bowl with ice cubes to play with as they melt.
  • Give each girl a spray bottle full of water to spray (the chalkboard, windows, plants, perhaps me).
  • Let them paint the chalkboard with water – a big hit.
  • Run through the sprinkler (and look for rainbows).
  • Make glow-in-the-dark drinks.
  • Blow lots of bubbles; perhaps try for colored bubbles.
  • Fold paper boats to float in the kiddie pool.
  • Explore color mixing with water and food coloring. Perhaps freeze into colored ice cubes.
  • Make fruit juice popsicles.
  • Eat lots of watermelon.
  • Fill a basin with water and provide cups, whisks, funnels, and spoons for play.

And when we’re not playing with water, we’ll read about water. I’m enjoying Water, a simple book that I picked up from the library by Frank Asch.

In it, Asch shows us all that water can be: rain, dew, ice, snow, clouds, a tiny brook, a waterfall, mist, a small pond, a big lake, a salty tear, a river, and the sea.

The watercolor illustrations are color-saturated and lovely.

Besides Asch’s book, we’ll read everything on our shelves about water and the ocean, such as Over in the Ocean and Rainbow Fish. Or heck, maybe we’ll just camp out at the library (they have AC, after all) and read everything they have about water.

How about you? How are you staying cool this summer?

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Jean Van't Hul

Jean Van't Hul is a writer at Artful Parent, and author of The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Family's Life with Art & Creativity. She has contributed DIY and children's arts crafts ideas for Babble, and continues to do so on her website. She resides in North Carolina with her husband and two children.

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