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Activities to Play in the Water

Water play can be a fun and educational way to engage children during the summer months. It may look like it’s all just a messy good time, but water can actually help children learn more about the world around them.

 

First and foremost, when children are playing with water, it’s important to make it safe. Young children should be supervised, provided with a non-slip surface, and understand that it’s not safe to run on slick, watery surfaces.

Providing the following learning tools can help broaden water play from just “fun” to an enriching activity:

  • Provide different shapes and sizes of measuring cups for children to pour water from (funnels, cups, pitchers, etc.). This will help with concepts of floating and sinking; shallow and deep.
  • Give kids containers or toys that they can fill up and squirt water from. This can help develop hand-eye coordination.
  • Create an “under-the-sea” educational atmosphere, providing toys and shells that represent animals and objects that would be found in the ocean.
  • Provide paint brushes and encourage children to “paint” letters with water on the sidewalk. This is a fun, novel way for a child to practice reading and writing skills.

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