• Arden Anglican

Living in the Hills in summertime can get pretty hot and the beaches are a bit of a drive away. So sometimes you have to improvise at home. Lee, one of our Hills District Mums, has four water play ideas to keep little ones entertained at home when the temperature soars.


Dolly bath station

Items needed:

  • baby bath or big container
  • Dolly
  • Bubble bath (great way to use up those expo samples!)
  • Face washer
  • Towels (I used those old style cloth nappies)
  • Cup or small container to wash dolly’s hair
  • Bath toys
  • Old toothbrush and ‘toothpaste’ (I used a sample baby lotion tube)

This kept my almost 2 year old entertained for a solid hour!

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Laundry day

Items needed:

  • Big bowl of soapy water
  • Face washers/dolly clothes
  • Pegs
  • Clothes line/somewhere to hang the washing

This entertained my daughter for half an hour or so. Also means that mummy can get the ‘grown up’ washing sorted simultaneously!

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Window art with water and foam shapes

Items needed:

  • Paint brush
  • Container of water
  • Foam shapes – ours are from Kmart. At this time of year the Christmas shapes are fun!
  • Window or sliding glass door.

We played for half an hour and would have played longer except it got too hot outside.




Chalk and water painting

Items needed:

  • Coloured chalk
  • Paintbrush
  • Container of water
  • Paved area to draw/paint on

This was fun! Watch the chalk colours come to life and turn bright when you brush water over your arty creations. My daughter was occupied for 20-30 mins but older kids would get more enjoyment out of it as they can draw actual pictures. A great one for the school holidays.