03 August 2011

A River Runs through it. (in our front yard)

Phew it has been in the triple digits for 38 days. Hence why my grass is brown. Right now it is only 87 degrees and we actually have a light wind. What heaven has come among us? 
Anyways I had stated before I would come up with something new to do with water outside besides sprinkler, water balloons, or pool.  I found this idea while surfing the net here.


We actually had a bit of wind today. Yes wind! Oh my it was wonderful course it made laying the river down a little bit more challenging well until I finally had the bright idea to go ahead and turn the water on and form the river around it. Then it was easy peasy. Seriously where does my brain go sometimes?
I was pleasantly surprised that it only took a trickle from the hose to get the river flowing. 

It was a relief to finally have an activity that both my children could enjoy even with a three year age difference. Lorelei loved splashing in the river and trying to catch the boats and "fish" coming down the river. 


Hunter took the serious job of steering the boats and relaunching them. He also liked to change the flow of the river by reshaping the foil. I love how Hunter is so intense about what he is doing. Oh I could just squeeze his cheeks. ; )

I.. The kids had a blast. : ) We discovered that our egg carton boats (example here) floated the best and most freely down our front yard river. Score free toys rock!  (The neighbors sure were giving us strange looks. hehe)

We played  worked hard until lunch time. Then we just rolled up our ten feet of foil to save for another day. 
I love making memories with all kinds of fun!
What memory are you making with your kids?

29 comments:

Jen @ lil Mop Top said...

Great idea! SOOO fun! I am not brave enough to be outside past 9:00am though so I will save this when it is MUCH cooler. :) ...and i need to find a slope....

Jenae said...

What a great idea!

Mercedes said...

Thank you all! We try to play outside first thing am otherwise I get cabin fever!

Heather @ PreschoolBuddy said...

I've never seen anything like it & I love that idea. It always amazes me that it's the most simple, free or cheap activities that my kids love the most! A little creativty goes a long way when entertaining the kiddos. : )

Mercedes said...

Isn't that the truth! They say true genius is discovering the obvious. lol (no I am not saying that I am a genius) : )

Kristen Baird said...

What a great idea! My kids would love to make a 'river'. We'll have to try that one. Was it on an pretty good incline or would an even spot work okay? (Our yard is pretty flat!). Thanks for sharing!

Mercedes said...

It was a real gradual slope. I don't think it would take much.

Chelley N said...

Another great idea! We have been spending a lot of time inside hiding from the extreme heat . . . good for you for still going outside!

Grumpy Grateful Mom said...

How fun! I'm totally using your idea. I love the photos. :)

Mercedes said...

Thanks for the photo compliment! I am an awful photographer, but I am going to start taking my first class in a couple weeks. Hope you all enjoy this activity!

Rachel@I Heart Crafty Things said...

What a great idea! I've got an age difference in mine too so I love how even babies can enjoy this activity.

Marnie @ Carrots are Orange said...

In LOVE with this idea! My two year old would get a kick out of it!

Deb Chitwood said...

What a great outdoor activity! Love your photos, too ... great to see how well the activity works with mixed ages! I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/LivingMontessoriNow

Miss Ruby said...

Mu almost 5 yo will love this idea. Right now he is in his hammock rocking away and reading a book.

Vicky said...

Found this on pinterest and love the idea. Will have to try it with my girls. I am new follower!

Vicky @ http://messforless.blogspot.com

Stephanie said...

Found you on Pinterest. Can't wait to try this with my four kiddos. I love that I don't have to buy anything or run an errand to make this happen!

Mercedes said...

I know! I hate having to go to the store just to do something simple. ;)
Plus I just don't like going to the store period with kiddos. lol

Stephanie and Carlos said...

Found through Pinterest. I made the kids a homemade sprinkler using a 2L bottle and punching holes through it then duct taped it to the hose. They just love it. I can't wait for hubby to cut the grass and try this one! Thanks for sharing.

Xo Steph

Aimee said...

Pinned this a while back and we are going to do this on this hot Spring afternoon! Thanks for the fun idea! What do you mean by "egg carton boats"?

School System Occupational Therapist in Virginia said...

This is too wonderful! Will share it with a friend who lives on a steep hill! K.

Andrea @ No Doubt Learning said...

This will keep my girls busy for awhile! What a fun way to play with water! :)

Rock-a-Bye-Baby Gifts said...

I too am curious about egg carton boats. I will Google it. I love this simple idea. My son loves rivers and the idea of a flood - he will definitely enjoy this.

Celeste Harned said...

Found this on pinterest and I usually don't comment but I had to share that I have a Lorelei too! Good taste in names ;)

Ruth @ atnumber29 said...

Awesome. we should try this! Thank you! (Am pinning!)

Dana said...

Good to find something I can actually do with water on our slanted lawn! Pools lean in our yard!

Natasha said...

Ooh I love this idea!

Anonymous said...

How did the foil hold up? I love this!!! Great pictures.

Mercedes said...

Here is a link to show an example of the egg carton boats and answer some questions of foil. http://www.camoandbows.com/2013/06/a-river-runs-through-it-and-egg-carton.html

Anonymous said...

I came across this activity via Pinterest and I just did this with my 9 year old, 2 year old, and 7 month this morning! very exciting and it attracted 4 extra neighborhood kids and had several cars slowing down to see what we were doing. Great fun!