Small Steps, Amazing Achievements

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. 

Vicky is a mother, a blogger, a podcaster and a social media trainer. She writes about life as a single mother, parenting and lifestyle type things.

  • Kim Carberry


    Aww! How adorable!<br />We used to live in a flat until a few years ago so my girls never got to play with paddling pools and water unless they went to their nannas....<br />Enjoy your time house sitting and the new experiences!!

  • Caroline (Becoming a SAHM)


    It&#39;s so cute when something finally clicks with them isn&#39;t it? I&#39;m also glad to see I am not the only one with a toddler who can&#39;t comprehend that tipping an ice pole over will mean it falls on the floor haha! Glad she&#39;s been enjoying the pool so much! xx #ssamazingachievements

  • slouchingtowardsthatcham.com


    Funny, it&#39;s the small achievements that we end up remembering just as vivdly as the big milestones, isn&#39;t it? :-)

  • twoyearsblog


    Hiya that&#39;s so lovely. Our little boy loves playing with water more than just about anything, it&#39;s fascinating for him! x #ssamazingachievements

  • Jane Roberts


    I bet your having a lovely time enjoying the garden in this weather. We lived in a flat when Ethan was born and I wrote in Ethan&#39;s baby book how I would get him a garden. Love this #SSAmazingAchievements, it really is great to celebrate the small things x

  • Jeannette Cripps


    Awww how lovely, water is just so much fun to play with in this summery weather. Well done to her for mastering this :) #SSAmazingAchievements

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