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When in Doubt, Add Water

Ideas to calm the crankiest of kiddos

By Autism 360 July 6, 2021


Make waves this summer! Water play can be added to activities – both educational and purely recreational. These activities all have opportunities for your child to add in some responsibility and practice preparing and cleaning up their activities. Here are some water-based suggestions you and your child can engage in together to break up those hot summer days! Try this outside:

  • Color Laboratory
    • What do you need? Water, food coloring, and clear cups Make sure your kids are wearing play clothes, as this could get messy!
    • Mix in glitter, water beads, seashells, or even mini erasers to provide some sensory fun
    • Upcycle a plastic water bottle to make your own sensory bottle
  • Water Balloon Fun
    • Careful concentration is a part of filling up the water balloons and preparing your arsenal! Have your child assist with the preparation
    • Let loose! See who can stay the driest by dodging the exploding water balloons
    • Let cleaning up the broken water balloons be the skill you practice with your child for the day
  • Bath Time for Toys
    • This is a great opportunity to teach your son or daughter a lesson on caring for their items. Taking care of your things by keeping them clean reduces the spread of germs and who doesn’t love a big bubble party? Sanitizing toys is a normal part of your cleaning routine. Here’s a chance to have your children take responsibility for part of your daily to-do list! 
    • Fill a big bin up with lots of water and lots of SUDS! 
    • Work doesn’t seem like work when it’s fun, right? 
  • Spray the numbers
    • Using some paper and a spray bottle! Let’s work on number recognition! Tape some numbers on a piece of construction paper to a fence, or even just lay them down on the grass on concrete. Next up, start calling out the numbers and let your kiddo spray away
    • If you don’t want to waste paper or have a spray bottle handy, the same activity can be achieved with sidewalk chalk and a hose! 

While there are a few fun activities to do with your children this summer. Water play is not only a fun way to get out some extra energy, it’s a chance to build memories with your little ones and have some fun while practicing responsibility. Now get to splashing!


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