I can’t think of anything that makes my children and myself happier than playing in water…I mean, take a look!
So why don’t we do it more often? Because it’s cold outside? It’s not summer anymore? Ha! Bring it inside! Because it’s messy? Boo! There is nothing cleaner than water! Because it’s too much work? Phooey! Since when was fun too much work?
There is no other medium out there that is more beneficial to play in, than water.
It’s an all-sensory experience…feeling, tasting, smelling, seeing, and hearing, Fine motor skills are honed by pouring, squeezing, and swirling. Cognitive skill are developing as they measure, mix, and imagine. And don’t forget the emotional side of water play. How often are your raw nerves soothed by an evening bubble bath? How often are you refreshed and energized by a morning shower? Being in, and playing in the water can change a child’s emotional state in just a few minutes. So, no more excuses! Get playing! It doesn’t have to be complicated. A simple bin full of water, measuring cups, funnels, and tub toys would do the trick!
For those of you who want more ideas for playing in water, the next few posts will be just the thing for you! I am going to divide this post into 6 parts, so it’s not so overwhelming. One activity per day. And I’m not saying you have to DO the activities 6 days in a row! I’m just going to give you a new idea each day so it’s not all piled up in one giant post!
That’s 6 days worth of water play time coming up…are you ready to get wet??
BUILD YOUR OWN OCEAN…
1. A plastic washtub, bin, or water table.
2. Salt. (makes the sensory experience even better!)
3. Seashells (pet store, craft store, dollar store, or the REAL beach, if you can!)
4. Blue and green food coloring..we mixed a bit of both to give it a mediterranean feel.
5. Plastic ocean critters.
6. You can also put sand on the bottom of your bin if you want it really authentic.