Green Water Play
On St Patrick's Day in Chicago they dye the entire river green, which inspired this particular activity.
Add a little tempera paint or food coloring to the water to dye it a color. Arrange the toys in the water or in a bucket nearby.
We often have the sensory table set up during play time. It is inside during the colder months and outside with us during the warmer ones, but it is almost always an option. Overtime, our toddlers have learned that they can come and go from the area as they like, but the sensory materials need to stay in the area designated by our large towel. For an activity like this, we recommend having children remove their clothes or put on an art smock if you are concerned with them ruining their clothing. We also did the activity in the bathtub one afternoon - something fun to keep in mind if you are home with sick ones or stuck inside due to weather.
Your child(ren) can help put the toys back in their container or in the table at the end of playtime. With water, I typically dump it out at the end of the day and wipe the inside of the container with sanitizing wipes. When I worked in a center, we sprayed our tables with a bleach/water mixture at the end of the day. The water toys should be similarly sanitized.
Floor Covering (We use a super sized beach towel)
Towels on hand for drying little hands
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