I've done a couple of indoor car wash activities in the last two weeks so, when Shannon sent me her guest post today I was happy to see it was car washed-themed! The warm weather is here so enjoy! And don't forget to check out her great new book: The Essential Stay-at-Home Mom Manual: How to Have a Wondrous Life Amidst Kids and Chaos.
Warm-Weather Kids' Activity: Outdoor Car Wash
Not long ago, Mom and Kiddo invited me to write a guest post on a kids' activity idea for What Do We Do All Day? Considering that I've been reading this site for years and have often considered it the gold-standard kids' activities resource for harried at-home moms, I was very flattered. Mom and Kiddo recently read and reviewed my newly-published book, The Essential Stay-at-Home Mom Manual, which includes a special bonus chapter at the end called, not-so-coincidentally, "'So, What Do You Do All Day?': Simple, At-Home Kid Activities that Won't Break the Bank or Drive You Crazy," so I figured I'd take one of the ideas from that chapter to talk about today.
Outdoor Car Wash
I don't know about where you live, but here in MN it's been uncharacteristically spring-like for weeks, bringing warm-weather, outdoor activities to mind. Here's a fun kids' activity to pull out this spring and summer when it's hot. If you live in the city and don't have a driveway, get creative and use a stoop, front sidewalk, back alley, or any patch of space you can put into use for some fun water play. (You could even do this on the grass somewhere if you use only plain water and not soap.)
The toy car wash is simple. All you need to do is gather your children's (better yet: have them gather) water-safe toy cars, trucks, and other vehicles, and bring them outside with buckets of plain and soapy water, washrags, and sponges for an outdoor "car wash." Trust me--kids of many ages love anything that involves water on a warm day, so stretch the fun out for as long as possible by adding any washable "vehicles" you can think of, from Matchbox cars to that Fisher Price Little People fire engine. Don't stop at the tiny toys; add the real-life ride-on toys, tricycles, bikes, and scooters your children use, too--my daughters even included their toy grocery cart from our playroom--and let them give everything a good scrub. Now that's good, clean fun!