Foil River Fun

foil river summer fun for toddlers in the garden

This, I am unashamed to say, is another Pinterest find. The evenings have been much warmer than the mornings, here, like the sun really needed the whole day to get going, which is a bit late for sleepy Mr James. But Wednesday was a bit different and so we were able to get outside in the afternoon.

James is loving his sand pit right now, especially since I gave him the scoop from a tub of Miofresh. He loves making the “tiny circle sandcastles” and carries them really carefully. He carries them around the garden, and occasionally into the house. But mostly he’s just excited by them.

Sandcastle Miofresh scoop

So, he was happily playing with his scoop in the sand and I got on with making him “a river”. I used Bacofoil, tearing a longish strip off, and folding up the edges before filling it with water.

Boat garden foil toddler summer activities

It was a little bit windy, so I put a sprinkling of sand along the bottom to hold the foil still before the water got in. An interesting conversation about sand banks ensued – boats might get stuck on them if they’re too big, don’cha know?

Foil boat toddler activity garden

Then James was free to play with his new river! Good fun, and pretty simple!

Toddler garden activities foil fun
Apparently even steam rollers enjoy a dip in the river from time to time. You can see that the foil didn’t hold the water completely. So don’t try this if you want the floor to be dry afterwards. Additionally, James trampled the edges in a few places so the water escaped that way, too.
It was a nice activity to try, and made a bit of a change from those teeny tiny sandcastles for 15 minutes or so!

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    • July 17, 2015 / 7:47 pm

      Yep, really easy! Good old Pinterest!

  1. July 18, 2015 / 10:30 am

    This looks like a lot of hours of summer fun. Might have to give it a whirl! Can’t help thinking the tinfoil brands should get in on the act – it’d be a fab way of working out which one has the strongest foil!

    • July 18, 2015 / 10:39 am

      I thought bacofoil might’ve been the best from the off, so, I agree! Maybe we can run foil river tests this summer – do report back with your findings!

  2. July 18, 2015 / 4:23 pm

    What a great idea, I bet James enjoyed his ‘river’ in the garden. Sand and water play are great way to get them outside doing some sensory activities. It looks like you had a great opportunity for a little bit of learning through play with the sand bank conversation too! I bet James can’t wait to have another chance to have a river in his garden. Thanks for linking up with Country Kids.

    • July 19, 2015 / 8:12 pm

      Yes, he’s asked every day since for it, and of course those little sand castles are still an enormous hit!

  3. July 18, 2015 / 8:40 pm

    Lovely idea – I might buy my kids a roll of foil each from Aldi this Summer and see if they can ‘design’ their own rivers in the garden. I’m sure all sorts will be thrown in ours too x

    • July 18, 2015 / 8:55 pm

      Fabulous! See if you can do the Tyne, Wear and Tees for the three big North East rivers!

  4. July 19, 2015 / 1:41 pm

    I’ve seen this on Pinterest too and it’s on our list of summer activities. It looks like he had great fun playing with the river! 🙂 x

    • July 19, 2015 / 8:11 pm

      Pinterest is great for activities of all kinds, but I’ve seen some fab summer things to do.

  5. July 19, 2015 / 8:00 pm

    Aww pinterest is really amazing place to find ideas like this! I was thinking we can do this too here as my son loves to play with water and I let him especially when its hot =) #countrykids

    • July 19, 2015 / 8:11 pm

      This is a pretty nice way to cool down! Hope your son enjoys it too.

  6. July 20, 2015 / 2:32 pm

    What a fun activity! I have seen this on pinterest but have not tried it.

    • July 20, 2015 / 10:07 pm

      It’s definitely a popular pin over there! Give it a whirl Keitha!

  7. July 21, 2015 / 9:42 am

    Popping over from #toddlerapprovedtuesday. What a brilliant idea. So simple but great fun to create a river. Love that it just needs 2 materials – foil and water.

  8. July 21, 2015 / 10:05 pm

    Great idea, looks like he’s really enjoying it, I am sure my Monkey would as well – thank you for sharing #toddlerapprovedtuesday xx

  9. July 22, 2015 / 12:44 am

    This looks a lot of fun I’m going to be doing this with my little one if the the sun comes out again! #ToddlerApprovedTuesday

  10. July 23, 2015 / 10:07 am

    Thanks for linking up to #Whatevertheweather with your fab tinfoil river. 🙂 xx

  11. July 23, 2015 / 10:56 am

    I cannot describe how much I love this idea!! It’s now down on our cousin club list of things to do over the summer. Thanks so much for sharing #toddlerapprovedtuesday x

  12. July 24, 2015 / 3:57 am

    What a cute idea. Nothing’s better than a pinterest post, except for a post proving that the pinterest post is reproducible. Thank you for sharing. #WhatevertheWeather

    • July 24, 2015 / 8:04 am

      I have a whole board of Pinterest pins I’ve tried; I agree, it’s good to know they work!

  13. chloelifeunexpected
    July 24, 2015 / 10:20 pm

    This looks AMAZING! Hours of garden fun. I’ve been looking for some daddy/daughter messy play ideas for when i’m working and my other half has Evie. He is rubbish at coming up with play ideas. This sounds like something he’d love to try with her. 😀 Thank you so much for linking up to #whatevertheweather I love inexpensive, creative ideas like this. x

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