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Squeezing Sponges

Sweet Pea is 25 months old.

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From: I saw a picture of some cut up sponges and a garlic press on  the really fantastic The Wonder Years blog and thought it looked like a great idea.

Materials:

  • 1 sponges cut into 1″ cubes.
  • 1 sponge for cleaning up water.  I cut a regular sponge in half so it would be easier for Sweet Pea to handle.
  • A garlic press.
  • 3 bowls.
  • Water.

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Procedure:

  • Soak the sponge cubes in water and then put in 1 bowl.
  • Arrange all 3 bowls and the garlic press on a tray.
  • Sit next to your tot and show them the tray.
  • Show them how to take 1 sponge cube out of the first bowl and load it into the garlic press.
  • Demonstrate carefully holding the garlic press over the second bowl and squeezing the water out of it.
  • Show them how to open the press and remove the now dry sponge.  Place the dry sponge into the 3rd bowl.
  • Repeat the demonstration if needed and then let your tot try.
  • If When your tot spills water on the tray, show him or her how to use the regular sponge to wipe it up.

Observations: Sweet Pea really liked playing with the sponges and water, although she never quite got the hang of how to squeeze the garlic press.

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She definitely wasn’t able to control it enough to squeeze it over the second bowl of water.

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She mostly loved playing with the big sponge.  She spent a lot of time wiping up excess water.

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Eventually the whole thing  deteriorated into dipping the big sponge in the water and watching it soak up liquid and then squeezing it back out.  She had a grand time with this.  We’ll probably try the garlic press portion of the activity again in 5-6 months.

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Notes from the Trenches: This is another “only a bib and a diaper” activity.  It was really messy.  We got water everywhere.  You are advised to keep a couple of towels within arms reach at all times.

Rating: 4 Stars * (Easy, Fun, Independent, Frugal)

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4 comments to Squeezing Sponges

  • I stumbled upon your blog via 1+1+1=1 Tot School blog. You have a great content, and your daughter is absolutely adorable. I will definitely be following you in a Google reader. By the way, I am a big fan of Wonder Years as well – she has so many great ideas. Another good blog that I would recommend – notimeforflashcards.com – it rocks.

    • admin

      I am so glad that you like my blog, and I (obviously) agree with you that Sweet Pea is adorable. 🙂 I haven’t looked at notimeforflashcards.com. I’ll defectively check it out. Thanks for the tip!

  • I just did this with Emily today and she loved it!! Thanks for sharing!!!

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