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Sunday, 28 April 2013

Water Play #MessyPlayforMatildaMae

This week we have been lucky to have sunshine again so have been partaking in more "traditional" toddler outdoor play rather than really messy play (we will get there!).  However, this is still Sensory Play so I've included it anyway for Matilda's Mae's Messy Play.

Matilda Mae's Messy Play Water Table Seaside Animals

Our water table does have legs and can be an upright table to play alongside.  However, I thought I would leave it on the grass so it is easier for a one year old to play with.

Matilda Mae's Messy Play Water Table Seaside Animals isabelle fish hook a duck

Isabelle loves "fishing" and playing "Hook a Duck" with the toy fishing rod.  This is  brilliant for developing her gross and fine motor skills.  To be honest, I still find it difficult to keep the rod steady and fish for things!

Matilda Mae's Messy Play Water Table Seaside Animals Isabelle Rubber Ducky

I love this photo with her smiling at her "Rubber Ducky".  I like these "Hook a Ducks" that came from Letterbox as they all have distinguishing features.  I can ask her to point to the one with the crown etc to check what words she is understanding.  I would also like a family of ducks of different sizes and colours so we can learn about these too.


Matilda Mae's Messy Play Water Table Seaside Animals Rubber Ducky Three Little Ducks

We sang "Three Little Ducks went Swimming One Day".  I still feel enormous relief when "all the ducks come swimming back!"


Matilda Mae's Messy Play Water Table Seaside Animals Isabelle Dolphin Duck Fish

We also played with shells, fish, dolphins and other sea creatures in the water.

Matilda Mae's Messy Play Water Table Seaside Animals sink float

Isabelle learnt about what floats and what sinks.


Matilda Mae's Messy Play Water Table Seaside Animals sink float

She noticed that she could make "Floating" objects sink by filling them with water.


Matilda Mae's Messy Play Water Table Seaside Animals Turtles

She likes pouring water through her stacking turtles which have holes in the bottom.


Matilda Mae's Messy Play Water Table Seaside Animals Rubber Ducky

She came up from play mode to check if Mummy was still taking photos of her!  (Yes, of course she was!).


Matilda Mae's Messy Play Water Table Seaside Animals star fish

As you can see Isabelle loves star fish.  I have to say that all my kids have had the same fascination and I love them too.  They are fascinating and beautiful creatures.

Matilda Mae's Messy Play Water Table Seaside Animals

Ooh, what shall I grab next?

Matilda Mae's Messy Play Water Table Seaside Animals

Once again, during outdoor play, Isabelle enjoyed watching the birds feed from the table, the trees move in the breeze and the occasional cat stroll past.


Matilda Mae's Messy Play Water Table Seaside Animals

She was gurgling and talking lots as she interacted with the different creatures.

Isabelle Gone Fishing


Matilda Mae's Messy Play Water Table Seaside Animals octopus, duck, sea horse

I loved this small world that she created featuring everything from octopus, seahorses, dolphins and sharks all playing happily together.  

She went out quite a few times in the week to play with her water table.  We had a play with toy boats and another one with watering cans and containers.  She loves water play!

Make Hay Not War Isabelle















We also had fun in the hay at Manor House Wildlife Park.

Eco flo Box fun Isabelle

Eco-Flo from our Actimel Packaging from also a fun material to play in...we have saved this for messy play next week when we will add water to it... I can't wait.  

See you next week for Messy Play with Matilda Mae.

Messy Play for Matilda Mae

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