Playing With Water Is Fun And Developmentally Beneficial
Water has so many benefits and not just used to hydrate us. Kids need to play with water in various ways because they learn many things from it.
Playing in and around water is therapeutic, it calms us and helps promote tranquility, among other skills.
The kids love to play in the water, making a “mess” with it. Splashing water around is fun. It also has a few different sounds for the kids to listen to.
Water Is Therapeutic
Listening to water, watching it flow effortlessly from one area to another and floating in water are all calming, mesmerizing, and promotes balance that relieves anxiety, restlessness, fear, hostility, anger and other negative thoughts and actions.
Use Water Play To Teach Kids
Playing with water can also be used as a learning tool. Teaching different concepts that can be used for subjects like math and science. Water can also help make the connection between cause and effect concepts and situations.
Water play is both visual and kinetic that can be used various ways to connect one thing to another for kids to get a better understanding.
Playing with water isn’t just about making a mess, creating calmness, or teaching us a lesson, it just really is fun to play with water. Plus it has ways to help with emotional, physical and mental well-being too.
Water, in general, is so versatile huh. It offers so many things and can be used in so many ways.
Why exactly do kids need to play with water?
- Problem Solving Skills
- Gross Motor Development
- Fine Motor Development
- Emotional Development
- Social Development
- Physical Development
If the child plays in a pool of water they will benefit from exercise, cause, and effect stimulates mood, and increase their endurance.
If the child plays at a water table they have to be diligent to not allow the water to go beyond a specific area, play solo or with a group, and practice certain things like skills or doing activities specifically for certain muscles in the arms and hands.
Playing in a group setting with water kids will practice social skills, practice good citizenship, help foster friendships and kids who have a skill mastered will help another child master it as well.
Water Activity Supplies
Get a water table or if you are crafty and want a more custom version you can build one that is more specific to your needs. We started with a baby bathtub, it is small, has a built-in drain and I can use it in different areas of the house or yard.
- Container or Water Table
- Spoons of various sizes
- Funnels of various sizes
- Scoops of various sizes
- Waterwheel toys
- Rubber toys made for water
- Small cups
- Extra large super absorbent towel
- Food coloring
- Dish soap
That is just to get a supply list going. As your child gets older you can get more creative. We do one water activity per day.
Kids can play with water for longer periods of time, even my kids with ADD or ADHD can play with water a little longer than their other activities.
I let mine lead the way, I simply say “Let’s pull out the water” and they do the rest. I play alongside them, especially with the little ones.
Always take precaution when water is around. It is also a good time to talk about different things with your child too.
Water Play Activity Ideas
Baby Tub – Fill it as much as you like. Add some mini toys, small funnels, tiny cups, straws, and spoons.
Clear Plastic Tub – Fill as much as you like with water. Add a teaspoonful or two of dish soap. For added fun, add a few drops of food coloring. Use straws and bubble blowers to have bubble fun.
Fill The Bucket Race – Place a bucket of water at one end and on the other end an empty one. Give the kids a small cup to transfer the water from one bucket to the other. For the older kids do it as a race to beat the time or another child.
Water Displacement – Fill a container with some water and give your child various objects that vary in size, shape, and weight. Talk about the different things going on and the cause and effect theory. Some items can be marbles, rocks, pebbles, and include items that won’t sink to show the differences. Have two different types of water, one freshwater the other salt water.
Use Different Materials In Water – Use some chalk to change the water, what happens and why? Make some foil watercrafts. Add some oil and shaving cream in different amounts and times to observe the changes. Add some cornstarch and make some “stiff” yet liquidy water. Add some vinegar and baking soda to create an eruption; add food coloring for added fun. Use magnetic items to go fishing. Foam items work great too.
I would love to see your kids playing in and around water. Feel free to post photos and videos here Kids Playing With Water