5 WAYS WITH… WATER

5 ways with… is a series that gives you a whole week of ideas with one resource! This time we’re focusing on water.

DOUGH DISCO

You can make dough with flour and water, cornflour and conditioner, or use pre-made dough. Spread it out like a pancake then crank up your favourite tunes – it’s time to make your fingers ‘dance’ in a dough disco!

SOUND HUNTERS

Make a sound (woof like a dog, rumble like a washing machine) and ask your wee one to find
or point to the object that makes the same sound. Start with sounds in the same room, then expand to sounds from around the home or even outside.

ALL PAINTING, ALL DANCING

Play music with a clear, strong beat and use your whole arm to make BIG sweeping lines in time to the music. A big roll of paper or a large cardboard box would be great for this, but you can also use chalk or a wet paintbrush on slabs.

SING WHAT YOU SAY

Has everyone stopped listening? Start singing! Singing what you need to say is a great way to help wee ones listen, whether its their name, to tell them dinner is ready, or to show how you feel.

ORCHESTRA OF SOUNDS

Choose four objects and pretend they are buttons – when you touch or point at them, you make a different sound. Maybe teddy says “BING!” and a fork says “WHEE!” – just make sure you match the same noise to the same object each time.

STREET BEATS

Splashing in puddles, sticks and stones, swishing bunches of leaves or feathers or grass – there are loads of ways to explore rhythm outside! Start
with a stick, explore the different noises it makes on different surfaces and go from there.

STORYTIME RAP

Ready for a challenge? Download a free beat maker app on your phone. Start a beat playing and, at the same time, read a rhyming story to your wee one. Read aloud to the beat. Hey presto, you’re a rap star! Give it a go and have a laugh.

BA-BY DOUG DOO-DOO-DOO DOO-DOO-DOO

Change the words of favourite songs (like Baby Shark) or nursery rhymes to try and make each other laugh. Babies and young children react to
funny faces and voices as much as the lyrics.

BANGIN’ CHAT

A pot and a spoon, a tub and a stick, whatever you’ve got, tap out names or your favourite words: “cho-co-late”, “sun-flow-er”.