Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Wet Cotton Ball Play: Flowers

Wet Cotton Ball Play is my own fun twist on water play. It's like adding an extra element or material that totally transforms the play into something way more fun. What I'm sharing today is how to make these fabulous Wet Cotton Ball Play: Flowers. Setting them out is a great invitation to play for kids! Can also be a good Spring activity to lead into a discussion about flowers.

So what you'll need is:
- A bag of cotton balls (can be found at Dollar Tree)
- Food coloring in pink, purple, yellow, and green
- A small baking sheet
- Four little cups of water

First you add a few drops of food coloring into the cups of water. One different color per cup. Then you take your cotton balls and you soak them in the colored waters one at a time just for a few seconds. I liked to start with the yellow ones for the center of the flowers, then building around them. Then you do a few in the pink to make that flower, and a few in the purple to make that flower. Then several in the green to make the stems and leaves of the flowers.

Once it's finished your child can begin to play! They can squeeze the colored water out of the cotton balls, making them white and dry again. They will absolutely delight in the simple magic of this activity. 

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