It’s never been a better time to get out the paddling pool and have some fun in the garden. There are some great games your children can enjoy too and which will also promote learning through play – and importantly in these times, activities that use props that you can find around the house!

Here are a few of our ideas – and if you have any to add, please comment below:

🚿 Flower pot fun: clean out some old flower pots and use them to play in the water. Find big ones and small ones. Put them inside each other; make a tower and fill them with water to see how it pours out through the holes. It's like a shower!

🧽 Texture play: add some smooth spoons, squishy sponges, watery flannels and look at how they feel and look different in and out of the pool.

🔑 Sink or float: find some bits and pieces round the house and see whether they sink or swim. Gently place them onto the top of the water and see what happens. Try a coin, a key, a straw, a crayon, a bead, a leaf etc. (be mindful of small objects).

🧼 Bubbles in the garden: add some bubble bath to the paddling pool and see how many bubbles you can splash in the pool. Try blowing bubbles too and have lots of bubbly fun.

⚽️ Big balls: get a selection of balls and play with them in the pool. Which makes a big splash? Which spins on the water or is most slippery? Try playing catch with wet balls... a bit more tricky!

Remember to always supervise children and never leave them alone near water.

Have fun and keep safe 💙