But last week I got a couple requests for the return of tips on how to be the Coolest Mommy on the Block for preschoolers. So HERE WE GO.
This is one of those "duh" tips. I distinctly remember when my own mommy (the Coolest Mommy on the Block in her own right) told me to just let Little Prince paint with water for hours of stress-free fun.
Eureka! Why didn't I ever think of that?!
We have now developed all kinds of water-play fun. Any suggestions of your own are welcome, as always.
- "Painting" with water. Paintbrush. Water. That's it. (Although it's even MORE fun when chalk is involved.)
- Ice cube painting - sprinkle a piece of paper with Kool-aid or some other kind of powdered drink mix and spread it around with an ice cube. Very cool designs - and edible, too!
- For those of you buried in snow, fill a spray bottle with colored water and "decorate" your yard or snowman.
- "Wash" the walls. Don't laugh. My kids LOVE doing this. Just give 'em a wet sponge and have at it.
- Make "soap crayons." Take about 1 1/2 cups of soap powder (like Ivory Snow), add food coloring and 1/2 cup of water. Let harden in small containers or an ice cube tray. You can "color" the walls during bathtime or outside (in the summer, obviously.)
- Water balloons. Nuff said.
- Play the "waterfall game." This is for young kids. Fill a container with water and take turns dropping pennies in. The game ends when one player drops in the penny that makes the water overflow. (Very. Very fun.)
- You can also "drown the penny." Using a rubber band, secure a tissue or napkin over a water-filled glass. Place a penny on top, and take turns poking the tissue with a pencil until the penny finally falls.
- Make a "sprinkler" out of an old milk jug. Just poke holes in the bottom, fill with water, and tell your toddler to make sure EVERYTHING gets a drink.
I recognize that most of these are for summertime play. File them away for later use!