I decided to cool things off a bit while playing outside on this hot day with a waterballoon activity.
I gave L some waterballoons and a plastic butter knife and simply told him to use the knife to pop the balloons. It's not as easy as it sounds and will definately promote your toddlers problem solving skills.
at first he tried to figure out which side of the knife to use (smooth or cerrated)
then he tried to cut it like he's seen the grownups doing
but became a bit frustrated when the balloon wasn't popping.
So he pushed harder....and harder....but still nothing
Finally, he tried using the knife differently...and stabbed the balloon
YAY that worked! And his reward was getting splashed all over as the balloon popped, which of course delighted him to bits! Now that he knew what to do he was quickly on to the next ones for more balloon bursting!
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