One day last week, Rabbit asked if she could give one of her (many) babies a bath. It was rather lovely. We filled a jug and poured some water in her baby bath. I showed her how to check the water temperature with her elbow which she thought was quite funny. Then she put her baby in, with a couple of Octonauts toys to play with! She very carefully bathed her and washed her hair, before wrapping her in a towel and giving her a cuddle. It was very sweet to watch, and she later said to me “I can’t wait to be a grown-up so I can have my babies!”
Tiddler was watching with great interest, and wanted to join in of course. So I gave him a bowl of water and some toy bears and other animals and people to bathe. He had a lovely time washing them, and then lined them up to dry, with help from Supergirl. Next he decided that some of the bears would like to watch a show so the upturned bowl became a stage and some of the Fisher Price people were the performers.
By this time, Rabbit had finished bathing her baby, and she decided to wash her “treasure”. Then she built a treasure island out of wooden blocks.
Monkey also built a stage out of blocks and set up his own show – I’m not sure what happened to the pictures. They all had so many ideas, and it was fun to see what developed from the simple starting point of giving a baby a bath.
This is our Messy Play with Matilda Mae for this week – not quite as messy as usual, perhaps, though there was a lot of water on the table and the floor by the time they had finished!