Water Play


  • 30 minutes


  • Wading or plastic tub with a few inches of water
  • Waterplay equipment such as empty squeeze bottles, plastic cups, boats, funnels, balls, floating objects, plant sprayer, sponge or dish rag, etc.


  1. Babies love water, and you won't need to give them directions except to set out the water and get playful.
  2. Add anything that seems interesting. Remember to never leave your baby unattended, even for a few moments.


  • Add a few drops of scented extract, such as lemon or peppermint.
  • Add a few drops of food coloring.
  • Add a small amount of baby shampoo and work up some bubbles with your hands.
  • Pat the water with your hands so it splashes.


Copyright © 2004 by Susan Kettmann. Excerpted from The 2,000 Best Games & Activities with permission of its publisher, Sourcebooks, Inc.

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