It might look like they are just splashing around having fun, but water play fosters learning in almost all developmental areas for young children.
It might look like they are just splashing around having fun, but water play fosters learning in almost all developmental areas for young children. From experimenting with maths and science as they learn about concepts such as less and more, and empty and full. Early scientific concepts such as weight, mass, light and strength come into water play. Understanding nature can be accessed through water play, as children harvest rain or water plants. And social skills are enhanced as children enjoy water fights or take turns on the water slide. Specially designed water tables and gadgets are always great, as long as they are durable - it’s worth investing in sturdy products that will last as water play is almost always robust. But equally, a watering can and a hose, empty juice bottles, cups and a bowl, a sieve or a colanders are all just as good when it comes to water play.
Water play ideasStart with a length of guttering and a jug of water. Which angle works best? What happens if you add mud to the water? What about stones? You can add further lengths of guttering, drainpipes, hoses and funnels. Let you child discover different configurations. How best to connect everything? Is there anything to hand which moves down the slope in a interesting way? Try sand, tennis balls or even toy cars. There's no need to secure the pipes to a wall. Part of the fun is seeing how they can be propped up using improvised brackets or balanced on walls or plant pots.
Cut the guttering to the desired length using a saw and don't forget to sand down any rough edges. Now sit back and relax as the children spend hours happily engaged and making deep connections in their learning.