Coloured water play is so easy to do and is a must for a sunny day. Who doesn’t love splashing around in the water on a hot day?!
It is simple to set up coloured water play. I collected some empty drinks bottles. Truthfully I had a quick peek though the recycling bins and washed out all the good ones with warm soapy water to get rid of any residue liquids. I then added a good glug of food colouring to three of the bottles. I stuck with the primary colours. The reason for this is that it provided the opportunity of colour mixing with a new format. Colour mixing is so often just done with paints , that is good to provide children with the opportunity of exploring this in a different way. The idea behind this is the more opportunities children are given to explore and play with a concept the more it is understood, remembered and ultimately learnt. The other bottles just had water in them.
Next step I let Meemoo and Pook explore. Pook loved pouring and mixing, making yummy drinks for us all. She enjoyed mixing the coloured water to explore what would happen as they mixed together. She was excited to mix them together, making green had the best effect. However you have guessed it we did end up playing with brown water after a good few mixes. This fascination with mixing led me to explore other play opportunities for mixing and making food in the garden.
Meemoo was more interested in putting the lids off and on the bottles as she is currently fascinated with how things go together, watching her do also gave me some time to reflect on proving more activities that cater for this need.
So some simple water play but oh so much learnt by the girls and me watching what their little inquisitive minds are exploring.