If your kids love science activities and waterplay, they’re going to love this. It’s the perfect combination of both! They’ll be cool and entertained for hours in the back yard with this simple water bin with tubes and funnels.
We have lots of great water play ideas here among the pages of my blog. Water bins are one of my absolute favourite, warm-weather activities for toddlers and preschoolers. They’re easy and inexpensive to set up, and they always keep the hooligans entertained for hours.
Yesterday I dug through my husband’s stash of plumbing supplies, and collected some pieces of pvc pipe, and added them to the bin of water that the Hooligans were playing in, to see if anyone was interested in them.
Today, I decided to take it up a notch.
I set up this water bin activity specifically with these plumbing pieces in mind. I filled a clear storage bin with water and a few drops of red food colouring, as well as a couple more large bowls of coloured water. I added clear cups for pouring, and a few funnels to make things a little more interesting. I really didn’t know if it would hold their attention for long. It certainly didn’t look terribly exciting, but I’m not kidding you, they played at this station for an hour and a half this morning.
This would be a terrific water table activity, but we don’t have a water table, so we make our own! I set up a make-shift arrangement of storage containers set on top of stools, benches and over-turned containers. Hey, it’s cheap, and it works!
They poured, they colour mixed, they put pieces of pipe together,
they co-operated, and collaborated, working together – one person carefully holding together the multi-pieced contraption that he’d made, and the other pouring the water into it.
They emptied the big bowls of water into the bin several times, and I kept filling them back up with coloured water.
By the end of our water play, everyone was soaked, and they’d re-arranged the tables and containers and turned the whole activity into a restaurant.
I love how these simple open-ended play activities get their imaginations working.
And I love that a simple, inexpensive water play activity can keep them learning, laughing, and experimenting for so long.
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.