In this lovely hot summer, any excuse to encourage J to play with water to help him cool down is a good one and combining that with some touch sensory play too is even better. Before we could set up the shaving foam car wash we had to empty the sand from the sand and water tray in the garden, which J loved helping with. First he dug all of the sand and poured it into a black bin liner which was sat in his wheelbarrow. Then he wheeled his wheelbarrow to the bins and emptied all the sand. Following this he used the hose to fill the tray with water (and I added some washing up liquid) and then J scrubbed the sand tray with a brush. J loved being helpful and thought this was lots of fun too.
When J had finally finished playing with the water, bubbles and brush it was time to fill one half of the tray with water and the other half with shaving foam. J then added his cars into the shaving foam and got them nice and covered.
J has always been resistant to playing with ice in the past – he is adverse to temperature extremes. However, in our recent heat wave he has been asking for ice in his water and so I thought we would try some ice play. Since J is a huge car fan, I thought I would trap a car in the ice to encourage him to play with the ice to free the car.
For many parents, the 6 week summer holiday seems daunting. So many parents feel the pressure to make the most of every single second of their time with their child and to be constantly busy and spending a fortune on days out. I can assure you that there simply isn’t the need and I’m sure that your child is just happy to be on holiday from school and enjoy a break and an opportunity to play with their toys, their family and their friends. When I was a teacher, I liked to have a couple of busy days immediately after breaking up to burn off the end of term adrenalin and excitement but once that was done I had to just chill out. I was exhausted and many of your children will be too.
Now that we are in June, I decided to make a list of all the fun things I would like to do with J this year and so I have created a summer bucket list. A couple of the activities we did last year and they were such a hit that they had to make it onto this year’s list. However, most of these activities are new and I can’t wait to get out and about with J having fun in the sun. I have purposely chosen activities which are mostly available locally to me but you could easily adapt them to your area too. I have also ensured that most of my summer bucket list ideas are not too expensive to make this more achievable.