This week, we spent some time tidying the garden to make the most of the sunshine. I sorted out the sticks and various flower pots that our young dog had chewed and scattered all over the lawn while my daughter put all of her ride on toys near to the hose pipe, ready for washing. I used to have a lovely garden, with strawberries, blackberries and raspberries all around the edge of the lawn. Now it is has several holes that have been dug in it, with mud scattered all over the place as well as blackberry and raspberry stalks strewn about the place. I am looking forward to when Floppy is a little older and a little less energetic! She has a great time when she is out there but it would be nice to have it a bit less, erm, messy again one day.
As soon as she saw her toys, she asked if she could wash them. I brought out a bucket of warm, soapy water for my daughter to use. I think that she had been inspired by watching my Other Half washing our cars at the weekend. She loved playing with the bubbles as well as using the sponge to give her car, tractor and tricycle a good clean. As she refused to wear a coat, I limited the amount of time she was out there but we did manage to wash all three vehicles and hose them down. This was another thing that she loved. Hose pipes are fun! Only a quick squirt was needed to get rid of the bubbles but the giggles it provoked had me chuckling too.
It is amazing that something so simple can provide great entertainment to small children. It makes me look at the world in a fresh light again, after all water is quite amazing stuff and it is great to play with.
Have you started any spring cleaning yet? What fun experiences has your little one had with water lately? It would be great to hear from you!