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After the fab sand tray post I was wondering what people put in with their water in the water tray?

We've used cooked pasta (boiled with food colouring in the water); ice and then the usual bubbles; 'Brusho' etc.

New ideas needed please!!!

Lucy x

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Coloured and scented ice different shapes, sequins match sticks lollipop sticks wood shavings rocks and pebbles weed (from pet shop aquarium) soap flakes slime bars of soap bath bombs shaving foam jelly, fish from the fish monger shells erm ....................

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I'm still thinking of alcohol from the top tips link and just thought those lovely assorted drinks coolers would be nice in the water tray...no alcohol though! Dollies and bathtime is popular; boats and people and the old favourite pouring and flooding!!! Just wondering Marion, is it special shaving foam you use? (I've seen warnings on the can) We have also used breakfast cereals in smaller trays, rice pudding...very messy but they loved it

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we put any toy in the water tray that will cope with it, our children seem to enjoy the contruction in there at the moment,

 

added bonus- they clean it at the same time.

 

Inge

 

ps we just use cheapest shave foam - ensure hands are well rinsed after use

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We usually buy supermarkets own brand shaving foam (some do the sensitive) but usually end up popping out at lunchtime to buy extra from the local shop because its so popular and lots go down the sinks with frequent hand washing.

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  • 1 month later...

Another idea with water outside - we use big sponges so the children can wash the cars our outdoor equipment, also big buckets with large paint brushes in to ' paint' the walls.

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We sometimes have "holey" (not holy!) bottles and containers in the water. I took some plastic drink bottles and containers of various sizes and using a heated metal skewer (held in the flame on the hob for a short while), melted small holes in the bottles in various configurations.

 

The children have great fun filling the bottles, then watching how the water escapes in different ways from the different holes. Great fun, but can mean a very wet floor around the water tray as they don't always remember to hold the bottle over the tray whilst it is emptying. a good one for outside though.

 

Jackie :o

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  • 6 years later...

we're just at the water and bubbles stage (lots of 2 year olds) and water wheels anything to fill and empty!. I have kept lots of plastic milk bottles and put holes in the lids...they liked this! They seem to need lots of toys to explore with so a tub trug next to the tray seems to do the trick. (very boring really but that's where they're at!! ...lots of opportunity to speak about filling/emptying etc etc etc! though)

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We sometimes use the florist water gel beads that expand when put into water with sea creatures and seaweed and pretend that the beads are perhaps sea creature eggs to encourage the children to talk about what might come out of the "eggs" - adult supervision a must though as although they are non-toxic I wouldn't want the children to eat them.

Have also used them as a "science" experiment as they are great for encouraging children to think about volume - a small pack fits into a tiny bottle before they are in the water and then have fun seeing whether they will all fit into the bottle once expanded.

The gel beads also come in different colours which again opens up other opportunities

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