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Wet and dry collages

  • Duration


  • Age

    , toddler, child

  • Skill for Bub

    Mind builder


What’s wet? What’s dry? One way to show them visually – and have some fun in the process! – is to create wet and dry collages.

What’s wet? What’s dry? While the difference seems perfectly clear to us, small children may not fully understand the concept, especially throughout toilet training. One way to show them visually – and have some fun in the process! – is to create wet and dry collages.

What You’ll need

  • Old magazines
  • Construction paper
  • Blunt safety scissors
  • White glue

What to do

Flip through old magazines and together find pictures of wet and dry items. Help your child cut the pictures out with his blunt scissors. Have him place the pictures on the correct dry or wet pile, then hold up each picture and talk about why it is wet or dry. Some questions you can ask include:

  • What makes the item wet or dry?
  • How did it get wet?
  • How does it stay dry?
  • What kinds of things can make an item wet?
  • How can a wet item become dry?
  • Are there some things that should never get wet?

After the wet/dry talk, help him glue all the dry items together on one sheet of construction paper, and then all the wet on another. Which one does he want his Pull-Ups® to be on, the wet or dry? Ask him! Display his creations on the refrigerator.

To help in the potty training process, ask him throughout the day which collage his diaper or Pull-Ups® would go on at that moment. Be sure to ask him why he picked that collage, and what makes his Pull-Ups® either wet or dry. How did it get – or stay – that way? Give him high-fives and lots of praise when it points to the dry collage!