Oh, we’re loving our wet and messy play now that the summer weather has arrived. Did you pop by yesterday? Did you see the baby bath station that we had set up in the backyard? We set it up again today because it was such a hit, and because a couple of the Hooligans don’t attend on Thursdays and they missed out on the fun. I also added another awesome, wet, messy, sensory activity today that kept them happy morning! Behold the MUDDY CAR WASH!
I turned our wagon into a mud pit by mixing up some potting soil, several scoops of sandbox sand, and a bucketful of water. (you can see how we’ve used a wheel-barrow to make an even larger, mobile mud-pit)
Then several feet below and away from the wagon, I placed a large basin filled with soapy water, and I ran our hot-wheels tracks from one to the other.
The basin of water didn’t stay clean for long, but that made things even more fun; they had to search around in the black water to find their cars, and the cars didn’t exactly zoom down the track with all that mud either, but the Hooligans didn’t even seem to notice. They were happy to push them along until they reached their destination.
Now, be prepared: your little one COULD get very dirty. I’m not saying he or she will. In fact, a couple of the Hooligans stayed quite clean. Even Miss Mess wasn’t too bad, although I did give her clothes a soapy rinse before sending them home.
Look at him! Think he had fun? Oh yeah! And it was so cute: I set out a big bowl of water for them to wash up in when they were finished, and he did – he washed his hands until they sparkled and then came running over to me, proudly shouting “I’m clean, I’m clean!”, and looking like this:
Yup sure, little guy. Whatever you say!
I feel I need to share this next photo for those of you who might be horrified by the state of his clothing. I tossed them onto the grass (the clothes, not the kids), sprinkled them with some dish soap, and gave them a blast with the garden hose. In less than a minute, they looked like this.
See…. don’t let a little dirt scare ya! Let them get messy! They’ll love you for it! And of course, if you’re looking for a cleaner-but-still-messy alternative to this activity you can always do this version of a car-wash.