Wednesday Tips #19 2014

2014-09-02 01.43.56The “honey bucket  water painting activity” kept in my outdoor toybox has always been popular with my grandchildren.  Treasure #4 has now moved on from painting the concrete terrace to painting various articles in my back garden.

With the bucket half full of water and having the 5cm paintbrush tied onto the handle of the bucket, most major spills and the frustration of the paintbrush getting lost are eliminated. The little fellow has now got the idea of carrying the bucket with him as he paints. He becomes very engrossed in his painting which is helping to develop his concentration span. As he goes we talk about what colour he is using. This stimulates his imagination and helps develop his oral language. The colour of choice for my other grandchildren has usually been “rainbow”.

Of course once he has finished there is an upturned bucket and usually wet feet!

 

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Tip #2 2014

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The attraction between toddlers and water is legendary but waterplay is also great fun! My grandson and I enjoyed playing with a toy watering can this week. The idea was to water the pot plants but the fascination was watching the water come out the spout. There was not a lot of water involved, in fact dry clothes were not even needed at the end of play and I make sure he wears plastic clogs when playing with water, but the time spent was thoroughly enjoyed by us both. No preparation other than filling the little watering can from my large one and no mess to clean up!  

Wednesdays at Gam’s
Providing daycare for grandchildren: What really works
Available from http://www.bookpal.com.au RRP $24.95

Wednesday Tips 2014

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After a quiet start to the year due to illness and overseas travel, I am now back on “Gam duty” for 2014 and loving the involvement, love, laughter and learning with my treasures.

The weather here has been too hot for many adventures but the attraction of waterplay is always a winner with young children. Great entertainment can be had with a small bucket of water and a paintbrush. Too young to actually draw yet, this toddler finds blobbing  and splashing water onto the terrace great fun!

Wednesdays at Gam’s
Providing daycare for grandchildren: What really works
Available from http://www.bookpal.com.au RRP $24.95