Wednesday, April 4, 2012

scented water play

I decided to try something new last week by adding scent to our outdoor water play!!

So far it is going very nicely.  I am buying extracts from the spice section in the grocery store such as mint, almond, vanilla, etc. I add a little to any ice cubes I make for outdoor play as well as in our play water dispensers (brita) and in the water tables too!  

The kids really enjoy it, plus they like to talk about what the water smells like.  They say how the mint smells like gum and such!!  It really makes the outdoor play even more fun!! It is fun to add it to shaving cream too!

Paint station with circular bins that have paint inside, various brushes, some tree branch pieces for painting with, scrubby brushes for painting with, tempera paint in no spill cups, various foam shapes and  alphabet foam letters, liquid water colors in spray bottles for Free Painting

Water ball toss!!  Have the child stand back a little and toss different balls and bumpy sensory balls into colored water, they love it and it is a lot of fun to hear the different splash sounds that each ball makes.

Mega Block Water Table with some food coloring for added ambiance

minty colored water in both play water dispensers!

shaving cream on plates in the water table with blue colored water, we have some mixing spoons in there too

colored water double flower bath with shade. I added hibiscus and a few other random flowers from our yard

changed the outdoor container pond to one and added a filter

no Florida home is complete without a gaudy plastic pink flamingo, I think it may be a state requirement to have one.

crawl through play tunnel in the club house climber = FUN!!

all of the kids love it and there is space on the other end to stand up and get ready to slide down the slide

closer view of colored flower bath, so pretty and fun sensory!!


  1. ooh, you should have "useful" checkbox. Thanks for all the great ideas!

  2. oh wow! this is great! thank you for linking up!

  3. oh wow! this is great! thank you for linking up!

  4. Oh I can't wait for warmer weather to get all out water play stuff out - and we will certainly add wonderful scents. Thanks for sharing!

  5. ohhh thanks for that scented water idea!! will be trying that this week! great idea!

  6. I LOVE the brita water dispenser for outdoor play use! That is brilliant. I could fill it up each day from the rain barrel and let them go to town. My girls would love having the easy access.
    Thanks so much for sharing these great ideas on the outdoor play party.

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  8. Great ideas ... love the idea of using scents for water play! Thanks for linking up with Montessori Monday. I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page and pinned it to my Any-Season Sensory Tubs/Sensory Experiences board at

  9. I love the scented water idea!

  10. Love the idea of added scent to water. Hello? Aromatherapy for kids! Awesome! Thanks for sharing at the Co-Op!

  11. Thanks everyone for your wonderful comments!!

  12. Thanks so much also for the repins and features!!

  13. You always have such fabulous outdoor play ideas for your kids! What a great idea to add a little extract to ice cubes to dissolve in bigger water containers for outdoor play! I hope you come again to the Outdoor Play Party tomorrow!

  14. where in florida are you located?


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