Activity #544: Set up a car wash

by Whitney Moss on September 1, 2008

in Free/Cheap,Outside,Preschooler

Dude, is it hella hot today. (I’m in California, and this is how we talk.) I let baby Scarlett engage in about three different types of water play within a four-hour span of time. She was out in the backyard, sitting in a highchair with bowls of water and spoons to splash with, and finally the bathtub.

Julian (three and three-quarters and a half years old, he’ll tell you) also loves him some water play. We had a spontaneous invention a couple of weeks ago of a car wash in our backyard. It really kept him busy, and our ride-on toys have never been cleaner.

The key to making it an official car wash seemed to be placing the car in a special place. In our case, it was on two outdoor Ikea chairs. Probably making a fort for this specific purpose would be the most satisfying. Make it extra fun with a spray bottle, sponge, and a bucket to dunk sponge in.

While Julian washed the “cars”, I paged through catalog after catalog that had come in the mail. A mutually beneficial water play session, I’d say.

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RookieMoms.com co-founder Whitney lives with her husband, son, and daughter in the San Francisco Bay Area where she writes about parenting, crafts, and activities that moms can do with babies in tow. She and Heather also publish 510Families.com, a site for East Bay parents and are the authors of The Rookie Mom's Handbook and Stuff Every Mom Should Know.

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