OK, so it's normally an indoor activity, but when the sun is shining why not do those chores outside! It's a great opportunity to explore the properties of water & it doesn't matter if it flies 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 simple maths & science concepts.
Minnie had so much fun running around the garden exploring the many bubbles which were produced by the soapy water. She discovered an alternative way to blow bubbles as she spun around with the soapy sieve in her hands which created oodles of bubbles to fly everywhere! She continued exploring the sensory properties of bubbles on hands & then her 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, & so much more!