We live in a flat, and don't have a garden. Therefore, S doesn't get to play with water very much except in the shower or at nursery.
This week though, we are house sitting for someone who has a garden, and bought us a paddling pool before she went on holiday. S has spent every available minute either in the pool, or playing with the water from it. She absolutely loves it.
This Small Steps Amazing Achievements is a bit of an odd one because it's something very simple. I gave S a watering can that has a spray attachment on the top. I've spent the last few days trying to teach her that she can fill it up by holding it under the water of the pool, until the bubbles stop.
What invariably happens though, is that she puts it in the water to "scoop" some up, gets a tiny bit, pours it out, and gets fed up. I kept trying to show her how to do it, but thought perhaps she was just too young to grasp this particular aspect of physics!
This morning though, as I sat at the patio table catching up on my emails and doing other boring chores, I heard a funny noise...
glug glug glug glug
It's the sound of the watering can being held under the water until it is full!
It's so easy with children, to expect that they should just understand basic ideas like "if you tip your ice pop upside down, it will fall on the floor" and "if you pour water on your shoes, your toes will get wet" - but really, how do they know until they learn? And they don't learn without experiencing it.