Enjoying Water Play




This is part of a very interesting article by Angie Dorrell M.A. from Earlychildhood NEWS, about water play and it’s educational significance, the link to the whole article is below. You can have fun in the bath with your children at home or enjoy a built in facility such as the one above.

Of course water safety is paramount when children are around any type of water facility.

Water Play: Wet and Wonderful
By Angie Dorrell, M.A.

Splish, splash, bubble, bubble, pop! Water play, both indoor and outdoor, is a unique activity for children because it’s always available, open-ended, and provides opportunities for extended learning. The following ideas, written for preschoolers, will give you more detailed information about the creative learning that takes place during water play, hints for easy water play, and ideas for fun outdoor water activities, many of which can be adapted to indoor experiences.

All They’re Doing Is Splashing, Right?

Wrong! Water play fosters learning in all developmental areas. It provides opportunities for children to experiment with math and science concepts, strengthen their physical skills, advance their social and emotional skills, and enhance language development (Crosser, 1994; Hendrick, 1996).

Problem-Solving Skills.

As children manipulate water play materials, they begin to understand why and how things happen. For example, given sinking and floating objects, a child will soon discover that just because something is large in size does not mean it will sink.


Children begin to understand and experiment with concepts such as more/less, same/different, many/few, empty/full, before/after, greater than/less than, and counting (Crosser, 1994). Science.Water gives children an avenue to contemplate issues such as: What makes rain? Where does water come from? What makes mud? (James & Granovetter, 1987). Children also learn physics principles such as the effects of force (increasing the water flow through increased force); effects of gravity (water runs downhill); and change in state (solid, liquid, gas).

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Physical Development.

Water play encourages the development of eye/hand coordination through pouring, squeezing, stirring, painting, scrubbing, and squirting. Children strengthen their gross motor skills by running, dodging water drops, and hopping through a sprinkler. They widen their sensory experiences as they put their hands in different textures (gritty, squishy, and slimy) and different temperatures (warm, cool, and cold) (Hendrick, 1998).

Social and Emotional Development.

Water play is one of the most relaxing activities children can experience. After all, many adults relax in a warm bubble bath or hot shower! Water play relieves tension by encouraging children to release their emotions with pouring, pounding, and swooshing. In addition, social skills expand as children play cooperatively; negotiate; and share equipment, space, and materials.

Language Development.

Children learn new vocabulary such as sieve, funnel, eggbeater, stream, bubbly, moisture, and evaporation. Water play is such a meaningful experience for young children that it can be extended to writing experiences as well. Children may draw pictures of sprinkler play, then dictate a description or story to the teacher. Another valuable writing experience involves the teacher writing down children’s predictions, such as how long it will take ice cubes to melt in the sand box or how many babies one batch of soapy water will wash.

Creative Development.

Water encourages children to use their imagination. As the children play, they may pretend that they work at a car wash or live in a castle. Water also encourages children to try out new ideas and solutions to problems in a safe environment…

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Continue to enjoy your beautiful children and please feel free to comment, always love hearing your ideas or thoughts.

Best wishes Jackie


8 Responses to “Enjoying Water Play”

  1. Very good site. Play is free for kids..not all but for those who are given the opportunity its wonderful and the basis of true learning

    • Thanks George for your comments I totally agree play is such an important part of child development. Best wishes Jackie

  2. Hi Jackie,

    This is a great article, thank you for taking the time to post it.

    My wife home schools so I will be showing her your site as well as earlychildhoodnews.com
    I know she will think they are really good and I expect she will promptly share them to the home School network.

    Keep up the good work Jackie 🙂

    Blessings Be,

    – Rich

    • Thanks so much for your feedback, if there is anything I can provide to help your wife with home schooling, please let me know. Best wishes Jackie

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