It was National Play Day this week. So, we tagged along with a few of our friends to the Whitworth gallery to join in on a day of water based play!
Playday occurs every year on the first Wednesday in August and is a campaign held to celebrate the importance of Play in children’s lives.
Inspired by our day at The Whitworth and determined not to have our spirits dampened by the rain, we decided to recreate our own day of water play.
Activities You Can Try At Home
•Bubbles & Paint
At The Whitworth pots filled with water and soap were accompanied by straws and socks for children to attempt in creating an array of different bubble structures.
At home we filled the paddling pool up with a mix of water, washing up liquid and water based, non-toxic paints. We then used this mix to explore and play. Encourage children to touch and smell and splash. Take the lead in assessing what happens when. For example when I spray the water at the paper, what shapes does it make? How do the bubbles change the way I paint?
Even the most basic of activities and/or chores can offer up huge levels of fun, especially for kids. Theon is obsessed with doing the dishes! And although he can’t be left unattended, every time he has a go he learns as he plays.
At The Whitworth activity sinks were set up with tubes and utensils as well as construction pipes for channeling long lines of water. Water Play is a brilliant first introduction to STEAM.
The perfect way to start and/or end a day. For us it was an extension of our day of messy water play. A great way to clean up and wind down! Our favourite go to for bath time activities at the moment is Lush. Their chemical, child friendly products are a little pricey, but great as a holiday treat. Theon is in love with their ‘Forever Blowing Bubbles’ soap. It triples up as an easy wash down paint, bubble blower and soap. And it smells heavenly; the perfect extension to sensory play. Ticking an array of boxes: Colour, Smell and Touch.
To reduce your mess and depending on the weather, if at home I would tend to either strip the kids down or get them wrapped up in their rain suits and wellies.
Although only officially one day every year, National Play Day has inspired lots of local groups to hold various free events across the Summer Holidays. So, check out your local libraries, galleries and museums for more info on free play days for the kids.
And remember it’s all meant to be fun. Don’t push yourself to do more than you can manage. Adapt to the space you have and join in. The more they interact with the activity, the more energy they use up!