Last week we made giant rainbow waterbeds and they were so much fun. It’s still pretty hot in LA so I went with a smaller variation on the waterbeds and they were a big hit. Unfortunately, my camera broke so I don’t have a pic, but at one point there were eight babies happily playing together, each with a baby waterbed in tow. It was so cool. The silver board under all the kids, our in house “ice skating rink”, is insulation styrofoam found at Home Depot and sooo cool. I gorilla taped two large pieces together on the bottom and it created a great space for kids to play on.
One of the things I love most about play group is that there are kids of all ages. There is so much learning that takes place from the little ones to the big ones and vice versa. These two had quite a little love affair going on. I practically had to put a restraining order on Gigi with all the hugs and kisses.
The waterbeds are super simple to make. It’s just a ziploc bag, food coloring, water and duct tape for an extra seal. A few of the bags have bouncy balls swimming around in the water to add interest. The babies especially LOVED these bags. They can sit on them, touch them, paint them. It was really fun to watch. I will definitely make them again.
If you live in LA, you’ve been feelin’ the heat big time. It has been 98 plus for the past few days and the valley, where I call home, has been especially brutal. For yesterday’s play group I had to abandon all previous plans and just go water, water, water. It was either that, or cancel. I’m so glad I didn’t cancel because these waterbeds were so much fun. To make them, I cut two squares from plastic tarp found at OSH and sealed them off with gorilla tape. The trick was to stick tape on one edge of the plastic and then stick another piece to the back side so the tape stuck to itself. Flor figured this out after we made four other ones, which is why you only see three in the pictures. All the rest slowly let out all the water, well, not that slowly. Oops. Thank you Flor. You did it again. I left a little hole for the hose, ice and food coloring and then sealed it up the same way, tape on tape. They were so much fun. Our play groups are for children 6 months to around 3 years so finding things that work for the babies as well as the older kids can be challenging. The waterbeds were perfect. The babies just chilled for the first half of play group and looked so content floating on the water while the moms got to chat. The older kids did a lot more jumping (ahh, don’t break!) rolling, and crawling. We even had some yoga moves.
Yesterday kicked off a new play group session in a great way. It was so nice to see all these new faces and get to know everyone a little bit. These two sat and chatted for quite a while. The cuteness was pretty off the charts. Not bad for 99 degrees in the valley. (Second half of play group pics to come.)
I got invited to do my very first guest post this week and it was so much fun! Thank you to Tammy and the amazing blog Housing a Forest. I made a duct tape hobby horse from spaghetti boxes for Gigi and she loves it. We call him Henry and I am pretty sure he will have some new friends very soon. Check out the full tutorial here and check out Tammy’s other posts as well. She does amazing stuff with kids, like diy pendulum art and dancing ooblek! Thanks for all the inspiration Tammy!