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Good, Clean Wet Fun

Get ideas for water games with toddlers and have some good clean fun indoors or out.
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For kids, few things are more amusing than playing around with plain old water. Let the ideas flow!

Water xylophone. Fill drinking glasses with water at varying heights. Use a wooden spoon to tap the glasses and have your toddler pay attention to the different sounds coming from each.

Water paint. "Besides being a mom, I run a daycare and have done this activity with dozens of children; it’s always a big hit," says Leslie Stigers, a mom of one in Frankfurt, Kentucky. "Fill spray bottles with watered-down tempera paint. Hang a sheet of white paper on a fence, and then let the kids spray the sheets of paper to create colorful art."

Water limbo. Put on some tunes, grab a hose, and let kids shimmy under a stream of water. How low can they go?

Water-float fun. "I get my kids thinking about water and weight with a simple game. First, I grab objects like pieces of cloth, sponge, cotton, and corks, and then we see which ones float and which ones sink in a pail of water," says Kimberly Lowell, a mom of four in St. Louis, Missouri. "They are consistently fascinated by this."

Water the car. You may consider hosing and sponging down the car a chore, but kids consider it a good time. By all means, put them to work—er, play!

Water park (the home version). "My son enjoys playing with toy dinosaurs in our kiddie pool," says Renee Cole, a mom of four in Lombard, Illinois. "He’s picked up a ton of new vocabulary because we talk about what he makes them do—running, diving, drinking, or whatever else he can dream up."

Water balloon catch. Fill up balloons and toss them back and forth, or have kids try to balance them on their heads and race. Hot tip: wear bathing suits.

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  • Rated 0 out of 5 by 7reviewers.
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I am def going to try the paint thing with my daughter she will love that and she loves washing cars...I am def going to try these things with her she seems to always get bored easy so the more things the better lol April 24, 2013
    Rated 0 out of 5 by My son (15 months old) loves to play "car wash". We put dish soap in a pan and fill to make bubbles and run all his favorite matchbox cars through the bubbles. Lots of fun! February 25, 2013
    Rated 0 out of 5 wow great idea with the water paint, never thought about that. I am going to have to try it out once it warms up outside. October 21, 2012
    Rated 0 out of 5 I enjoyed these ideas! thank you huggies for your advice! January 20, 2012
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