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Messy play to beat the hot weather

Messy play in the garden: keeps kids cool too!In the old days I used to love the hot weather. I have Raynaurd’s Disease too which means the times when I feel anything other than freezing can basically be counted on one hand. But six months pregnant? With a toddler? Hmm.

This great idea was something the Pre-school I visited yesterday were doing and when I recreated it at home today my friend told me to take pictures and blog it as it’s such a fab idea. I know that she reads this so I thought I better comply!

I filled the washing up bowl with cold water and a squirt of washing up liquid and chucked in a load of The Toddlers toys. Obviously containing batteries! Toddler and his friend then spent ages looking for toys, taking them out, playing with them, putting them back in the water and, bonus, getting the toys clean at the same time. (I umm..don’t clean toys that often…)

Another added and brill bonus is that the BBC reported this week that one of their tips for cooling down in hot weather is to stick your hands in cold water. Much easier to get a child to do if there’s toys involved! They also encouraged wearing a damp tshirt which I can also report back certainly happened!


How are you keeping you and your kids cool in the hot weather? Any suggestions gratefully received!


  1. 18th July 2013 / 8:07 pm

    I have done this with my toddlers, its a brilliant idea and also very educational. I think this is fantastic!!
    I also didn’t know you were pregnant. So congratulations!!

    • Kate
      19th July 2013 / 6:29 pm

      Thank you, yep, 11 weeks to go! Eek!!!

  2. Louise
    18th July 2013 / 9:42 pm

    I got big man cleaning his butterfly habitat yesterday and he did surprisingly well x

    • Kate
      19th July 2013 / 6:26 pm

      Well, you know it’s helping them for when they grow up and all that…

  3. 19th July 2013 / 1:10 pm

    A fun idea I also borrowed from playschool for hot, sunny days is to fill a little bucket with water, give them a paint brush and let them ‘paint’ the fence (also works well on concrete). The patterns quickly evaporate to make space for new ones and they just carry on painting for ages!
    A sand and water table is also the best investment I ever made!

    • Kate
      19th July 2013 / 6:17 pm

      What a fab idea! That’s me sorted for next week!

    • Kate
      20th July 2013 / 6:43 pm

      Enjoy!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. 20th July 2013 / 6:45 pm

    such a simple idea! may try with my older ones though they prefer a water fight ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. 21st July 2013 / 11:06 am

    They were doing this at Austin’s pre-school too! And, do you know, I didn’t even think about doing it at home. Thanks for the tip! As for tip of my own, it’s good old-fashioned paddling pool and ice-cream….apologies for lack of originality…:-)

    • Kate
      21st July 2013 / 6:20 pm

      Nothing wrong with that at all!!!

  6. 21st July 2013 / 11:28 am

    We’ve been doing this too and cleaning the bath toys, it’s great for my little boy as he gets to try and focus on a task, loves water and exercises his little hands for his fine motor skills. When it’s hot we also get a little frog sprinkler attached to the hose – from ELC but we found it in a charity shop. Little man loves jumping through the sprinkles. We also fill the water table up with plastic sea creatures and try some pretend play.

    • Kate
      21st July 2013 / 6:20 pm

      I need to get a hose, they are fab ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. 21st July 2013 / 12:27 pm

    A lovely way to cool off and have lots of fun in the process, thanks for sharing with Country Kids.

  8. 21st July 2013 / 7:24 pm

    A great idea to cool them down. I can only imagine how you are suffering in this heat being pregnant. Thankfully my wee man does not seem too worse for wear with the hot weather.

  9. 6th August 2013 / 9:52 pm

    “I umm..donโ€™t clean toys that oftenโ€ฆ”
    LOL – I only ever clean toys if they have been thrown-up, pooped, peed or bled on! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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