It's a great opportunity to explore the properties of water & it doesn't matter if water (or bubbles) fly everywhere!
Here's how Minnie enjoyed washing the dishes out in the open!
|By adding different items to the washing up bowl Minnie was able to discover different maths & science concepts.|
|Minnie had so much fun running around the garden exploring the many bubbles which were produced by the soapy water, sieve & draining spoon!|
|Exploring the sensory properties of bubbles on hands...|
|... and feet!|
|Minnie has always loved washing with cold clear water...|
|... & transferring from one container to another. Great for exploring capacity, weight, & size, hand-eye co-ordination & motor skills.|
|Exploring reflections, sunlight & shadows|
Minnie loves washing clothes outside too, there are just so many bubbles to play with! :-)
|Discovering the properties of soap & water, the textures of different fabrics, & how they react to the water,|
|Yesterday Minnie had two containers of water, one with soap & one without. She decided she'd wash the clothes with her feet in one, & rinse the soap off in the other!|
|She loved creating patterns on the concrete as she squeezed the soap & water from the clothes. Who says laundry is boring! ;-)|
|Hanging out the washing allowed Minnie to develop her motor skills as she manipulated the pegs, & the wet washing on the line.|
|Minnie exploring the weight of wet wool & why her washing line is hanging so low!|
She's also had fun outside washing baby dolls, small toys, toy cars, Daddy's car, & the windows!
And on sunny days, even bath time can be enjoyed outside.
|A bath in the garden - perfect!|
And the best way to finish any washing routine is of course with a splash in some homemade puddles!
Doing the washing up, cleaning & laundry chores outside offers great opportunities for sensory exploration, role play, imaginative play, science, maths, language, personal & social skills, exploring another environment, & fun!