I’ve been wanting to create a fun water activity for my 13 month old that didn’t include too much mess, or being outside.
Here was my very simple solution:
- I spent $1.97 in Walmart on a set of 8 play sharks
- I put them in a little Tupperware tub
- I added some water
- I gave her a little cup to pour water
She LOVED it. She was thoroughly entertained for A WHOLE HOUR!!! In momspeak that might as well be a vacation! And because I had her in her chair, there was no worry about her falling or slipping in the water.
For most of the hour she played independently (giving Mommy a well-needed break) while I cleaned the kitchen, but I also carved out a little time to include some intentional learning. We counted the shark together, and I described the different types, colors and textures. Having her practice pouring water also helped with developing her fine motor skills and hand eye coordination. I also talked about the fact that some things float, while others sink. We wrapped up the activity with singing Baby Shark! A great way to work on developing language and music.
As for messes? It’s just water. When she was done, I grabbed a big beach towel and had the floor nice and dry in under a minute.