I typically try to steer clear of races between Royal and Baloo, if only because Baloo has nearly 3 years on Royal and is just more capable. However, for this one I thought Royal’s cautiousness might help him out in the end!
I started by setting up 2 lines of containers – all of various sizes. The last bucket had a bit of water in it.
I told them the goal was to pour the water into each container one at a time until they got to the end…
To my surprise, once I gave them the “ready, set, go” they both set right off!
Baloo was dumping quickly and spilling a good bit of water!
Royal was taking his time. He actually misunderstood me a bit and put a bit of water into each container.
Baloo just kept on going until he had his water at the end!
I let Royal measure to see who won – and in the end it was Baloo since Royal never really finished!! They really had a great time running back and forth and splashing water everywhere tough! Logi-Bear even had fun watching them and then dumping the buckets over!
Water balloons have become a quick favorite around here! All the boys love to play with them. I’m not as big a fan, if only because they take so long to fill up! And then they are thrown so quickly!
I thought a game in which breaking the water balloons was not the objective would help it last longer. We have a spoon/egg game which the boys adore so I thought a water balloon/shovel game would be great too!
I set up 4 buckets. 2 on one side of the lawn and 2 on the other side. I had 2 of them full of water balloons and the other 2 empty.
First I told them to carry the balloons in their shovels from one bucket to another. I was sure they would drop one of two…but no. This was way too easy!
So I tried to set up a relay. I had one get a balloon and transfer it to another shovel without touching it. This was also pretty easy for them, but by this time they were just wanting to run the balloons back and forth. Easy or not, I just let them do the balloon transfers as they wanted!
Baloo was very carefully putting the balloons in the buckets.
Logi-Bear had to get in on it! He got a shovel and started attacking the balloons in the buckets.
We didn’t get very wet with this activity, but it involved a lot of concentration and running!
I really like to give my boys opportunities to just play and use their imaginations. As much as I love kitchen sets with all the plates and food and the toy sets with everything included, I think minimal toys which require imagination are so much more valuable!
Just about every day we have “water time” in which I let the boys get buckets, shovels, plastic toys, dinosaurs, etc. and then I give them the hose. They have already dug a hole in the backyard which we have agreed not to fill in as long as they don’t dig any more holes. Once they have the hose they typically start by filling the hole with water. And from there it varies every single time.
Sometimes they make a stream using rocks.
Sometimes they fill up the buckets and spend the rest of the time transferring water from one bucket to another.
Sometimes they even let Logi-Bear in on it!
And sometimes they just play for hours!
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