Just Add Water – An Easy Toddler Activity for a Hot Day!


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Sponges and any plastic containers are all you need for this!

What you need:

  • Things you probably have around the house
    • Plastic containers – any will do, or this I used two that are the same size
  • Things to buyschedule a reminder 1 week before you want to do this activity
    • Sponges – this link is to the colorful ones that I used, but ANY sponges that you have will be fine

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Ideal Age Range:

Ideal age is 1 – 2. (When it is really hot, any age will jump in for some water play!)

Mess Factor:

Low. Just the water.

Prep Time:

1 minute


How to Prep:

1 week before you want to do this, set yourself a calendar or task reminder to purchase any supplies you don’t have from the list above.

No need for step by step directions here. Put sponges in plastic container, fill with water. Done!

On a hot day, this gives some relief to the heat while your toddler is engaged moving the sponges from one container to another. They will also probably dump the water back and forth (and all over themselves).

Extra Engagement:

  • Bring out a variety of container sizes and shapes
  • Add ice cubes (bonus if you have fun-shaped ice cubes!)

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