Take some bamboo. Add some water. And voila! You have a bamboo water course!
It may sound simple but it's heaps of fun. Best of all, it provides opportunities for a lot of learning to take place.
Recently, we were given some split bamboo (thank you SO much, Amanda!) which has been a BIG hit with the boys.
I had stacked it against the side of the house for future use. However, when the boys discovered it, the bamboo was put to immediate use - together with a bucket, some climbing equipment and, of course, the hose.
I absolutely love it when the boys use materials to create their own play things. Today was no exception.
The problem solving and experimentation that went on during this play experience was beautiful to observe.
Actually, this post really doesn't need lengthy explanations. The pictures tell the story themselves. So enjoy!
Problem: How do we make the hose stay where it's put?
Solution: Use a stone.
Problem: How to make the water flow in the direction we want it to?
Solution: Raise one end.
Problem: How to hold the bamboo up where we want it?
Solution: Balance it on the edge of the trampoline and a climbing cube.
Problem: How to catch the water pouring out the end of the bamboo pipe?
Solution No.1: Put a big container there. Of course it needs to be big enough to climb in!
Solution No. 2: Catch it in a smaller container.
Problem: How to keep Mum's washing dry ... wait, that wasn't an issue considered!
Solution: An extra rinse won't hurt the laundry and then it'll dry later. :o
Question: What will happen if I block the end?
So after several mornings of playing with our DIY bamboo water course, what is the verdict? It's fantastic fun!!!
What is your favourite way to play with water? Don't you just love the way that there's NO right or wrong way to play with water? It's so open-ended!!!
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