The washing up bowl might fill parents with dread, but for children, it’s a brilliant experiment. Make waves and waterfalls – and watch them smile as they learn.

What you need

Washing up bowl


Plastic cups and beakers

Plastic bottle

A towel or two


Develops sensory skills

Improves coordination and stimulates imagination

How long will it take?

30 mins

What to do

  1. Place the washing up bowl on the kitchen floor or take it outside, and give your child some plastic cups and bottles.
  2. Pour water from up high, make bubbly noises, or help them whip up a whirlpool with a whisk. The possibilities are endless. Make sure there’s a dry towel to hand!

    bowl filled with water