It has been so hot here in the UK for the past few weeks and, as the warm weather is set to continue, I thought I'd share a Nature Make that's great for helping the little ones to cool down.
Simply collect up a range of containers in different shapes and sizes along with other items for water play such as a scoop, sieve, pipette and funnel. Pour water into a container or two and collect items to add to the 'soup' such as:
petals (we used rose petals and lavender)
leaves (mint leaves are great)
small scraps of paper
washing up liquid
cups with food colouring, diluted with water
Set everything up in the shade and let your child explore mixing and pouring. Older children could put their soup into jars and create their own labels.
Ava and I enjoyed this activity for quite a while and she started to notice items which were floating and sinking. We kept topping up our ice cube supply to keep the water nice and cold!
PLEASE BE CAREFUL WHEN PICKING AND HANDLING UNKNOWN NATURAL MATERIALS. SUPERVISE CHILDREN TO ENSURE NOTHING IS EATEN AND WASH YOUR HANDS WHEN YOU ARE FINISHED.
For more nature inspired creativity, pop over to Instagram and have a look at #NatureMakesMondays. You can share your own Makes using the hashtag too!