Outdoor Play Party – beat the heat

by Jen in outdoor play party,summer,water,water play

Isn’t it funny how much we chatter on and on about the weather? Too hot, too cold, too wet, too dry. It is a very popular topic of conversation. This past week Toronto has been experiencing our first heat wave of the summer season…and summer only started like yesterday! It is going to be a hot summer. Extreme weather doesn’t mean that you have to contain your play inside the house. Nope. Extreme weather means that you have to plan and be flexible. This week my daughter and I spent some time outside early in the morning. While I played in the garden she played with a few bowls of water. 
bowls filled with water for play

This is one of my favourtie things to do in the summer. So simple and so creative. Those bowls of water became many things on one morning this week.

child making "potions"
 bowls of soup and potions
using water to paint a fence with child
paint for the fence
painting water on child's body
paint for our bodies

Let’s take a look at how some of you were playing outside at the last Outdoor Play Party

Making Boys Men harnessed the sunshine to cook with their solar oven, they also cooled down with some cool ice cube play
Create with Your Hands harvested some herbs from the garden and made a lovely batch of herb play dough
I love the exploring and learning the kids over at Tumbleweed Infant House got up to – learning all about slugs

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Kierna C June 22, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Ha – as you are experiencing a heat wave we are having colder temps than we did in December & it’s so wet! Of course I am not supposed to complain about the weather! Love the simplicity of this idea with the water.

Hannah @ Making Boys Men June 22, 2012 at 3:39 pm

Thanks for featuring us and for hosting lots more great ideas to keep us playing outside

Mama Pea Pod June 24, 2012 at 4:30 pm

I think that water must be the most versatile ‘toy’ out there for kids!

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