At this time of the year, there are lots of puddles to meet and greet when out and about. Whilst children tend to like and play in puddles, I suspect they remain a secret source of fascination to many adults too.
So this post is in celebration of all those puddles. Every one. Everywhere….
Swirl a stick around very quickly to make a whirlpool. Add a Lego man and see what happens…
2) Puddle Jumping
On a really wet day, go for a puddle jumping walk. Think about the route which will provide you with the most puddles to jump in or over. Consider the clothes and footwear you will need to wear. At each puddle you encounter, decide whether you are going to:
- Jump over it
- Wade or splash through it
- Do something else
Make a note of your decisions and which worked best. Become an expert in puddle jumping.
3) Build a little boat
Find material which floats, such as bark. Leaves threaded onto twigs make good sails. How can you make the boat move from one side of the puddle to the other?
4) Shrinking Puddle Art
On a hot day, draw a line around the edge of a puddle on a hard surface with a stick or a piece of chalk. Go back a while later and see if the puddle has shrunk. If you do this every hour you can keep drawing around the puddles. Draw funky lines and patterns between the rings.
If you only have puddles in natural places, then use pieces of string to mark the edges of the puddle. Decorate with natural materials lying nearby between the pieces of string.
Does the size of the puddle affect the speed at which it shrinks? Is there anything you can do to speed up the process of evaporation?
5) Sing a Song of Puddles
Invent a puddle song and dance to do around a puddle. For example “The Hokey Cokey” song where you put your right foot in, your right foot out, etc.
6) Puddle Splash
Try and splash all the water out of a puddle. How long does it take? What tactics work best?
7) Stone Drops
Drop a flat stone into a clear deep puddle. Watch it sink. Now find some smaller stones and see if you can get one to land perfectly on top. Is there any particular size or shape of stone which works best for this activity?
8) Stepping Stones
Try finding ways of stepping through a puddle without your feet touching the water.
9) Do Puddles have Plugs?
If not, how can they be quickly drained? Where will the water be channelled to? What equipment is needed for you to undertake this job?
10) It’s Puddliscious
Have a good sniff of a puddle. How can you describe its smell? Is it possible to change the smell of puddle water in some way using only natural materials?
As usual, it would always be great to hear any other ideas you have for exploratory play around and in puddles. Meanwhile, have fun!