Pittsburgh is CRAZY weather! Today it’s almost 80 degrees, but a few days ago, we woke up in the 30’s! Gone are the bathing suit days of swimming pools and spray parks that our kids loved so much! My kids and our lovable neighbor kids love to throw on their suits and spray each other in the back yard with the hose! You know what else is gone?? The “Ice Bucket Challenge”! Phew! I successfully avoided dumping ice cold water on my head (but took the opportunity to educate my family about ALS and the importance of donating to research for all causes). Back to my point…water play!
So, how do babies and toddlers participate in water play? Backyard toddler pools come to mind, as well as splashing in the tub. How about cool activities like the Carnegie Science Center and the Children’s Museum (shout out!) both of which devote almost an entire FLOOR of their facility to water play! So, it must be IMPORTANT.
What is it about water play that our children love so much? Well, it can be CALMING. Especially when using warm water. It captures their ATTENTION! There is something mesmerizing about water…the sight – it FLOWS, the sound – think of the OCEAN, the smell – of the chlorine at the pool, or the salty water air. We mentioned touch already, but the FEEL of the water….flowing through your fingers, or in waves on your feet. Children LOVE it, and so do adults.
So, my question to you is…how can we reap the benefits of water play in the cold fall and winter months? We have already said that visiting local children’s attractions can sometimes offer a water feature…even the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium would offer the sight and sound of water. But what can we do at HOME. I’m always looking for creative ways to try new things. Here are a few ideas!
Water play is not just for the summer months! We can entertain and help our children learn thru play all year round using water! What are some of your favorite ways to play in water? Make a splash!