Let toddlers play with toy tea set while in the water
We've still got a week or two of pool weather left here in Portland. But Rednexmama's hack works just as well in the bathtub:
So, I'm sure this has been obvious to parents forever, but I felt like a genius realizing it! My daughter LOVES the toy tea set she received as a gift for her 2nd birthday, but we had to put it away since nearly every liquid she ever came in contact with would end up in the teapot and, subsequently, all over the floor, her room, the couch... you get the idea. She just couldn't resist transfering her milk, or juice, or handsoap into the tiny cups, totally oblivious to the ensuing mayhem.
Once it was pool weather and I realized that I finally had a place where she could play with her tea set to her heart's content, spill as much as she wanted, and she thought I was super-mom! Now that the pool has been tucked away, the tea set is moving to the bathtub and is living a happy life as a repurposed bath toy... great!