We even went to the zoo once (yes, it was hot!), and this was the first zoo trip where G-man actually knew what was going on. He really wanted to go INTO the cages with the black bear and giraffes. Yet he was scared of the birds- go figure.
Here are some pictures of the messy play we did...
Water beads: (You can get these online for really cheap. They expand when immersed in water and become soft, squishy beads.) This was a huge hit; they played forever!
Slime/Gak: (recipe) G-man was scared of it, haha. He didn't really want to touch it at first. We stored it in a zip-loc bag and broke it out a few more times.
Cooked & colored spaghetti. I cooked it al dente, then put it in a Zip-loc bag with a few drops of food coloring, and shook it all around. They LOVED it. K pretended they were garter snakes. Here's a hint though- throw it away or store in the fridge if you want to use it the next day! ;) This stuff gets nasty fast.
I gave K a small bucket with some dish soap & water & a straw to blow "bubble mountains". It didn't last long, but he enjoyed it for a few minutes. I wouldn't recommend this activity for under 3.
Hanging out in the back yard!
Coloring with dot markers: G-man's first time. He loved it, but I had to take them away when he repeatedly tried to eat them.
All tuckered out. My sentiments exactly...