When I was doing my teaching internship, I distinctly remember our professor telling us that the best teachers “beg, borrow, or steal” to get their ideas. Of course she meant in addition to coming up with their own brilliant ones as well, but the gist of what she was saying was that it doesn’t matter how you come up with the activities for the kids-the point is that you get creative and consistently bring new, fresh ideas and activities to your students (or your children). Now having been both a teacher and a mom, I see that she was really onto something. I am always on the lookout via blog, Pinterest, chats with other moms, etc for fun new activities to try out with Jonah, and I know many of you do the same. Once in a while I come up with a good one, but I tell you that lately I have become the master of the search engine. And there’s no shame in that game!
I first heard about this activity from a friend who learned about it over at Play at Home Mom LLC. These mamas are pretty awesome and this is most definitely my favorite “mommy blog,” but anyway…I digress. So after hearing about this brilliant idea, we bought some submersible LED lights of our own from Amazon and had some fun. These are just small, battery operated LED lights that are submersible and were really designed for weddings and events. Just a warning though, these are small and if you do decide to use them with the under 3 set, just make sure to closely supervise! If your toddler is still in the putting things in their mouths stage, though, I would just wait. They contain tiny batteries, and that’s just scary.
First we tried them out in the bath tub. Jonah loved them and insisted they were “flashlights.” We bought the color changing ones, so he had fun naming the colors as they changed and just watching they way the changed the color of the water. We also played around by holding wash cloths over the lights and seeing how they made big and little circles.
He was amazed! It was an extra long bath that night. He asks for his “flashlights” every couple of weeks and still has lots of fun with them in the bath.
We have also hidden them in some other places, like his Fisher Price barn and he thought it was very cool that the animals got to share in his flashlights.
Recently we got a ton of snow, but Jonah was sick and couldn’t go out to play. So instead we brought the snow to him. We filled up his sand and water table with snow and put it and him in the bath tub. Then for even more fun, we threw in the lights.
This entertained him for a good 45 minutes. His favorite thing was to bury the lights and then find them. Even if you don’t have snow in your area, you could use this stuff. I’ve never used it, but it looks very cool!
I’m looking forward to seeing what else we can come up with for these little lights. In the meantime, I’m going to be researching my next “idea.” 😉