This is something we did a while ago but I am linking up with Jennie for ‘Messy Play for Matilda Mae’ and her theme this week is water play. And yes, it got messy (well, my house was a bit soggy!).
Toby just loves water play and its a fail-safe way of keeping him busy for long periods. This time I decided to spice it up by adding some yellow food colouring and a few drops of bergamot essential oil to create a citrusy feast for the senses. I used an Ikea underbed storage box raised on a small table.
In it I had put a range of containers, a colander and the metal plate that sits on my scales. Toby wanted to add some his Playmobil people to make some stories: they ended up on a boat that was sinking (a plastic container that veg came in!).
I then extended his play by encouraging him to listen to the sounds that the objects made when struck with various implements. So we hit the colander with the balloon whisk and tried the metal plate with a wooden spoon. Through this we discovered that lowering the metal plate into the water whilst it was being hit altered the pitch of the sound. Toby found this fascinating.
He also enjoyed the sound it made when he pushed it into the water at speed!
In his own play, he concentrated on pouring and story-telling, but this is something we will come back to.