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::: puddles, boats & water play!

We didn’t think we would ever feel this way in parched old Melbourne …

but we are a wee bit tired of the rain!

The children, however are loving it …

and this week when it poured down again …

they dug gutters for the water to follow …

enjoyed the mud (what a mess on the carpet!) …

and scrounged around for whatever they could find that might float in one of the big puddles.

Some children even decided to quickly whip up a boat or two at the invention table.

As they seemed to be on a bit of a roll with the whole floating and boats thing, we filled a tub of water when the rain petered out …

pulled out the materials they requested …

and off they went.

Out came the ever popular Blu Tack once more.

We saw some very clever ideas emerge!

The C.D. cases we had left over from our “hovercraft”  made perfect platforms …

and the cups we had left over from our “sound cups” made terrific ‘cabins’!

Floating boats and water play has always been an extremely popular activity with all of our children …

both inside …

and out!

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8 Responses to “puddles, boats & water play!”

  1. Juliet says:

    Fantastic. Keep the corks! They are becoming endangered items over here with the introduction of screw caps on wine bottles.

    May you have a lot more rain…it’ll feel like Scotland before you know it.

    ::: We always seem to have corks “coming out of our ears” around here Juliet. Perhaps Aussie’s drink more champagne than Scotts … hee … hee! – BTW it’s raining as I type this!! 🙂 🙂

  2. Yes… Just a wee bit tired of the rain here, too! Great use of the CD cases, I’ll have to remember that.

    ::: Well “Being Me at Sunny Side Up” we’re not surprised your tired of the rain too … tee …hee … hee! 🙂 🙂

  3. Amy A says:

    I love the ingenuity! The boats are fantastic!

    ::: Children are amazing aren’t they Amy … always coming up with the best ideas! 🙂 🙂

  4. min says:

    I love the creative use of recycled materials! Your blog is an inspiration to me. I have an award for you.

    http://joyfullearner.blogspot.com/2010/09/one-lovely-blog-award.html

    ::: Thanks Min we like to use recycled material where ever we can … and THANK YOU for the award, we really appreciate it! 🙂 🙂

  5. Scott says:

    Wonderful creations! Your kids are always experimenting with some great ideas.

    I’ll bet lids would work on some of those boats, too. 🙂

    ::: Your right Scott they love to come up with great ideas … and another great use for your lids of course! 🙂 🙂

  6. Jennifer Dobson says:

    My students love water play too! Can’t wait to set up our own boat-making station! Thanks for all of the wonderful ideas, Sherry & Donna (and of course your super-creative students too!)

    ::: They are “super-creative students” Jennifer – we learn from them every day! 🙂 🙂

  7. Louise says:

    I had no idea that blutack is waterproof- thanks for the tip. Ah boats – so much creativity and science and language all wrapped up in their making. 🙂

    ::: Blu Tack is water resistant Louise … it will stick to a dry object and survive being wet but it won’t stick to a wet object, which can make repairing the boats quite challenging. 🙂 🙂

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