Today's TV-Free Activity - WASHCLOTH SOUP!
Materials: A few large bowls, measuring cups, spoons, wash cloths, towels, water, ice cubes, things that float and things that sink
Age: 2-3 years
Time filled: At least 30 minutes, or until the water ends up all over the floor. I recommend using this as an enticement to keeping the water where it belongs, as in "once the water is gone, we are all done playing."
Here's the set up: Lay a few towels down (a double layer might be a good idea). I had a few extra foam floor tiles, so I put those down as a water poof surface, in a vain attempt to save our hardwood floors. Fill a few bowls with water of different temperatures. Put out a bowl of ice, several mixing and pouring implements, and a bunch of wash cloths. Then start mixing! We talked about the different color washcloths, how ice is cold while the water was warm, how to blow bubbles with a straw, that the coaster sinks, but an apple floats. She poured and mixed and splashed and splashed and poured for a good long time. The main thing to remember in any sensory activity like this is the refrain "The ______ stays in the ______." The water stays in the bowl, the rice stays in the bucket, the beans stay in the bin, the WATER STAYS IN THE BOWL! OR AT LEAST ON THE TOWELS! THE WATER STAYS ON THE TOWELS, Lucy, or WE ARE DONE PLAYING WITH THE WATER! That is how it goes at our house.