Warmer weather means lots of water play at our house. There are few things that keep the kids more entertained than a container of water on a hot day. To this day, our favorite gift has been the Step2 Sand & Water Center for sensory play all year long. For this activity, I combined two things that my kids LOVE: water and Lego Duplo Blocks and let the kids direct their own play.
I set up 3 plastic bins with water colored with food coloring in red, green, and blue. I would have used more colors, but these were the first bins I could find.
I also added in a collection of spoons, cups, a potato masher, and some pasta utensils from the kitchen. My original idea was to have the kids sort the Legos by color into the different color bins. My 2-year-old took to this right away and began finding red blocks for his bin. The other kids had different ideas...
The first thing they wanted to do was to dive right into the water with the different spoons and stir and dump the water. I loved their giggles as they exclaimed at how cold the water was or how their hands were changing colors under the water.
They began dumping Legos into the different bins creating their own "pasta". And, it wasn't long before they discovered that they could mix the blue and red water to make purple! (And it would appear that a car got mixed in with our Lego bucket. This, my friends, is real life!)
There was lots of pouring and stirring and discovering as they compared which utensils could hold the most water and practiced scooping legos and water into their cups.
The kids played with their Lego water bins for almost an hour before we had to clean them up. Look how busy they were! We dumped the water in the grass and left the Legos out in the sun to dry. Make sure that you break apart all the blocks. We had lots of water trapped in between the blocks as the kids were building. They had a great time breaking them apart over each other's heads!
If you want to wash the Legos further, you can dump them all into a mesh laundry bag (with a zipper) and run them through the washer.
For more fun water activities, check out these fun water bin activities from some of our favorite bloggers:
Rose Petal Water Play - FSPDT
Bird Bath Pretend Play - My Nearest and Dearest
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