This month’s regular guest post from outdoors mummy blogger, Leila Balin is all about how our little ones find fun in the everyday….
This weekend we have been car washing. Well, washing Daddy’s car at least. Mine got beaten up by a van on Thursday evening but that is another story! Little Man loves to play with water, it is one of his favourite pass times, so car washing is always a hit.
Daddy headed out with the bucket and hose and Little Man, ever his Daddy’s shadow, went out to help. Initially I was finishing up a few bits inside but after 10 minutes or so I popped out to join them. Little Man had the biggest grin on his face ever and he was covered in bubbles. He immediately came over and rubbed his bubbly hands all over my head before running away and giggling. Cheeky monkey! He spent ages dunking his hands in the warm soapy water and finding different ways to flick the bubbles around. He went from waving his hands about like a mad man to twirling around, all the while watching his fingertips as the bubbles flew off.
After lots of bubbly fun he finally decided he should be helping but rather than use a sponge he decided his hands would do the job just as well. Carefully he went all over the bonnet as far as he could reach, spreading the bubbles and watching them slide across the metal. He really was careful and took his job very seriously. Hands were no longer good enough for the chief car washer and a sponge was discovered, how this had been missed for so long I will never know! The sponge never made it onto the car though, it was walked up and down the garden as he watched the bubbles and the water drip off of the sponge, not even watching where he was going and thoroughly fascinated with how the water was behaving.
As Daddy washed the other side of the car Little Man sneakily dumped the sponge in the bucket and then deliberately spilt the whole contents all over the lawn. He knew Daddy would be cross and as soon as he realised Daddy had noticed he started working his most charming and cheeky grin to get him back on side. Who could resist, not Daddy and not long after a water fight ensued, Little Man absolutely relished the opportunity to run in and out of the water and completely soaked himself from top to bottom. Who knew washing a car could be so much fun? I didn’t until I had a 2 year old! I just love the way toddlers find fascination in things we normally find dull and boring. What daily activities does your little one make more interesting? Do they have you in fits of giggles as they find the fun in the every day?
Leila writes a personal, nature inspired blog at Mud Marvellous Mud. She is passionate about connecting children to nature and writes about her son’s experiences as they explore together. She is trained to Forest Schools and Beach Schools level 3 and is currently studying for an Open University Open Degree.