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Pool Noodle Boats – Water Play

My kids love playing with water. Pool noodle boats are easy to make and can be added to bath tub or water table for fun water play. I came across this activity during winter and was waiting for summer to try it out. Finally made it last Sunday.

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What you need

  • Pool Noodle
  • Knife
  • Scissors
  • Straw
  • Foam sheets
  • Hole punch
  • Marker

How to

  • Cut the pool noodle into 1-2 inch slices. These are your boats.
  • Cut the foam sheets into triangles. These are your sails. Older kids can cut & decorate sails by themselves.
  • Fold the sail, use holepunch to make hole for the straw.
  • Cut the plastic straw and insert into the holes then into boats. You might need to make a hole using wooden dowel before you insert the straw in the boat.
  • I wrote numbers on the sails for some learning fun.

Miss A(3.5) & Miss D(2.5)were very excited to play with the boats. They took the sails apart from the boat and tried to put it in all by themselves. Later, squirt guns were put into action. A tried to squirt pointing at the boats in the water.

We then took our boats to the slide. Placed one boat at a time and squirted it all the way down using squirt guns. A & D enjoyed this equally.
Then it was race time. I placed two boats on the slide, D poured a cup of water to see which boat slides down first. A used the boats as scrubs to clean the slide and get it ready for the next race. While having fun they also got to work on their number recognition skills. Everytime a boat won the race, they would say which number boat won – “boat 7 wins mummy”

This activity was so much fun. An hour of water play after which we were all wet and hungry and had to wrap up. That was one fun Sunday morning!! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Sink or Float – Preschool Science

Last weekend we did a fun experiment! We put a bunch of items in a bin filled with water to see if they would sink or float. Itโ€™s a great hands-on science activity for preschoolers and really gets them thinking. Ever since we did this activity my LOs keeps asking me to do it again.

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Whether an object sinks or floats in a liquid depends mainly on two factors: density and buoyancy. Preschoolers should be encouraged to observe whether the same objects will sink or float every time – that there is consistency in the way the objects behave. This activity helps kids categorize a variety of objects according to observable characteristics.

Hereโ€™s how we set up our sink or float science experiment.

What you need 

  • Container or storage bin
  • Water
  • Objects collected from around the house

How to

  • Fill a large container with water. We used a toy storage bin.
  • Collect items to test out. 
  • We used stainless spoon, eraser, toy car, acrylic leaf, plastic scissors, plastic easter egg, plastic fruit, small bouncy ball, wooden block, lego, puzzle piece, toy happy man. I made sure to collect two of each, so both kids get to see what it does – float or sink.
  • Suggested materials for this activity – wood, metal, plastic, aluminum foil, apples, oranges, plastic bottles, toy blocks, paper, bathtub toys, plastic forks, rubber balls, soda-bottle caps, pencils, erasers, and sponges.

Everytime Miss A(3.5yrs) dropped an item inside we tried to take a guess and observe what it did. We thought lego will sink, but it floats! This was really interesting for her. She learnt new words float and sink and knows what it means. 

    For Miss D(2yrs) its was fun dropping items in water. She did observe each item to see if which item went down(sinks) or which item stayed up(floats) But was more interested in dropping them in and picking it up back from water.

    We had a sheet with words sinks & floats written on it. A did this experiment all by herself and sorted the items in the respective columns. D & me sorted items by looking at which goes down & which stays up. Later the paper got wet, so we had to use a large bin. We kept repeating it for a while – rechecking by putting just the items that float and just the items that sink. This little science activity was a big hit with my kids.

    Note: Do this in a place where you don’t mind getting wet and easy to clean up. I used a tray below the water bin to hold spills, but we still got the floor a little wet. If the weather is good you might consider taking it out. We will definitely be doing this again on a warm day outside in our water table. 

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    Washing Farm Animals -Sensory Play for Toddlers & Preschoolers

    This week the weather has been perfect to spend time outdoors. My LOs simply love water & wanted to play with their water table. One sunny afternoon we filled our water table with soapy water & took all our farm animals for a wash. This simple sensory play activity is easy to set up & clean up and kids will have so much fun playing with it. It develops fine motor skills, hand-eye cordination, concentration & imaginative skills๐Ÿ˜€

    What you need

    • Water table or Plastic Storage bin
    • Farm Animals
    • Toothbrush or scrub brush
    • Kids body wash or anything which is gentle enough for little hands
    • Water
    • Towel or dish cloth

    How to

    • Fill your water table or storage bin with water. 
    • Add kids body wash and farm animals to it.
    • Give your little ones toothbrush and let them clean their animals in the soapy water.

    You could also add some sand/mud, rub the farm animals on it (imaginative play) and then wash them. I wasn’t really interested in the mud part. Maybe next time I’ll use some chocolate syrup or something for a muddy play before the wash. I did add some toys which we got with the water table for more fun. ๐Ÿ‘

    Miss A(3 yrs) & Miss D(23 months) had so much fun washing the farm animals. Miss A would name each animal, pick it up, clean it with the brush and dip it in the soapy water and then throw it in a bin, saying its done. Once shes done washing all the animals, she dumped them into the water table and washed them again ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†. Miss D washed few animals, but she was more interested in playing with the soapy water. Busy pouring water into cups and straining the animals. She did learn the names of few animals & sounds they make – cow says Moo๐Ÿ˜Š

    Both of them loved playing with the soapy water – Washing animals, washing hands, scooping and pouring water out, splashing it- so much fun๐Ÿ˜€ Once they were convinced all the animals are all clean (took about 45 mins), we washed the animals & our water table (just so that they don’t dump the animals in the soap water again ๐Ÿ˜œ) using the hose and took our animals inside. The girls then wiped the animals dry with a towel and lined them up. One fun evening!! ๐Ÿ˜€

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