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Unhindered Summer Fun with an Indoor Fountain

Our small indoor terracotta pond cum fountain, besides serving as a source of positive energy flow, and soothing sound of water flow, also doubles up as a unique means of spontaneous, free play for Pari.

It warms my heart to see her play with it for hours sitting on the living room floor, where the fountain is placed. As such, playing with water gives some sort of therapeutic bliss to kids. Be it in rain, in puddles, in bath tubs or under taps – leave them near a water source and they will bond instantly.

As the temperatures have been soaring up and up here in Delhi, I can foresee her spending many a afternoons soaking her hands under the water gushing out gently and steadily from the mouth of the terracotta tortoises.

She's played with it in the past in different ways. This time, she brought out the dinosaurs from her "Prehistoric Earth" to give them a nice bath. She immersed crystal pebbles and watched them glow under water. 

She filled tiny cups and bottles and emptied them and refilled them over and over again.

And there was some sensory play involved as she plugged the mouth of the tortoise to see how the water stops from gushing out and then releases her finger slowly.

She then wanted to float a boat in there. So, I taught her how to make a paper boat. Her first real attempt at Origami. I'm sure we're taking it up in a big way. Origami is such a creative traditional art-form.

The boat was made from one of her recent paintings (she had made it with buds as we call them here in India or Q tips in US and elsewhere).

Meanwhile, can it be a hat, too?!

She couldn't contain her excitement to see what would happen when the paper boat would be soaked. Will the colours start running into the water? Will the water become colourful? Which colour?

As the boat started getting more and more wet, the colours started trickling out of the paper and into the "pond".

And the Dino goes – "Row, row, row the boat…"

And the boat is about to do a 'Titanic'…

The pond turned from colourful to soupy to muddy as she squished and sqeezed the paper boat to wring out last drop of water from it and mixed into water.

It took some effort for me to clean it up the next morning but this free play had allowed me 2 hours of peaceful time for my work. (winks) And most important – Pari had spontaneous, unhindered fun.

The possibility to get innovative with such play is immense. In the past, I have given her petals and flowers to float on the pond's surface. She also likes watching candles floating on it.

I really recommend you to get an indoor fountain (or outdoor, if you have a backyard) this summer.

It serves well for the whole family!

{ 7 comments… add one }

  • Roopa(Putti Amma) May 4, 2011, 1:49 pm

    Pari found soo many ways to play!! Love the fountain, looks great. It gets pretty hot here in Florida too and water in a simple bucket or tub gets us playing…

  • Laura@art4littlehands May 4, 2011, 9:10 pm

    I absolutely love this! I am so glad you shared it at my blog party. I was just making my post for tomorrow when you posted this so it came in right when I was trying to decide which to highlight tomorrow. I loved this and chose it as one of the best! So glad you joined the fun. Come back tomorrow for another party!

  • Esther May 5, 2011, 2:24 pm

    Hi,

    I love your blog! Neatly organized! We also did a dot art using Q-tips. Simple paper boat amazes the kids and adults:-)

    I have passed on stylish blogger award to you at my blog.

    Please drop by
    http://creativitymypassion.blogspot.com/2011/05/awards-and.html

    Esther

  • Stacy of KSW May 8, 2011, 3:33 pm

    How fun! As I’m writing this my 5 yo is standing on a chair at the kitchen sink playing in tubs filled with water. I know exactly what you mean about the magic between kids and water. I’m so glad I found your post in the It’s Playtime party. I can just tell I’m going to love everything about your site. Nice to “meet” you 🙂
    ~ Stacy

  • Michelle Willow May 14, 2011, 4:20 am

    Fountain is very cool! 🙂 I know my girl would love to have something like that around! 🙂

  • Clodagh May 14, 2011, 5:17 pm

    What a lovely idea, I so wish Pari could pop across the ocean and play with Lulu over the summer. Already the heat is becoming suffocating and the kids are off for three long months so I am planning activities now via my blog inspirations and your blog gives me a lot of that, thanks. You must have the rains starting soon too?

  • marge September 29, 2011, 6:38 pm

    Hello! This post could not be written any better! Reading this post reminds me of my old room mate! He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this article to him. Fairly certain he will have a good read. Many thanks for sharing!

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