Water play is one of Teddy’s favourite activities (& mine to be honest) – there is something kids love about splashing in the water & it is definitely our go-to play choice. Water play is amazing in the summer but you really can do it all year round, bring it inside – put down towels (lots of them in our case), strip them off & let them have at it. I thought I would share our favourite water play ideas. I picked up this water & sand play table from Amazon for less than £10, it comes with 8 accessories including sand shapers, buckets and spades & a watering can.
Water play is great for developing skills such as fine motor skills & hand-eye coordination through actions such as pouring, filling & stirring. Water play also releases energy as it can be really relaxing & calming for children. They also build up muscle strength through filling buckets with water.
- Make coloured water (add two drops of food colouring to room-temperature water & watch the colour take over) then add objects of that same colour, e.g balls, blocks & boats
- Simply add some bubbles!
- Add in some toy boats
- Set up a pouring station with buckets, watering cans & cups
- Add colourful ice to the water
- Add bubbles and supply a silicone whisk to mix & swirl the bubbles
- Add ball pool balls
- Freeze pom poms into ice cubes and add them to the water, pom poms are perfect as you can re-use them once they are dry. They are also good for babies to squeeze once they are free from the ice and watch the water come out.
- Add rubber ducks and a little net – let them go fishing!
10. Add sliced lemons & limes to the water and let them try to fish them out & taste them! Perfect for slightly younger babies who like to put everything in their mouths.
11. Add a empty pop or squash bottle and insert a plastic funnel – watch them pour the water into the funnel & fill the bottle. This entertained Teddy for AGES.
12. Add plastic animals such as fish or other sea creatures
13. Water beads are a new discovery of ours & whilst they do get everywhere, they are great for littles.
14. Add different textured & sized sponges
15. Add foam letters and numbers – stick them to the side of the water table to spell out words
Those are just 15 water play ideas – there are so many more! You don’t need to do anything overboard or crazy, kids can have a whale of a time with just an empty bottle. I find Pinterest is an amazing place for ideas & inspiration. My lovely friend Lottie has written a incredible post all about the importance of play, you can (& should) read it here