Water Play is a fantastic activity for children as it is open ended and provides the opportunity for extended learning.
Water play encourages 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).
When using water play children use their muscles when lifting buckets, fitting funnels, pouring water and transporting materials – even when cleaning up! Water play also encourages the development of eye/hand coordination through pouring, squeezing, transporting, stirring and squirting. Sensory experiences are widened through experimenting with various textures and temperatures.
Problem Solving Skills
As children manipulate water play materials, they begin to understand why and how things happen. Tasks such as sinking and floating objects and transporting water through various channels encourage children to experiment and learn through trial and error.
Math and Science
Incorporating different materials in water play can allow for a series of mathematical and scientific concepts to be built. Empty/full, less/more, shallow/deep, light/heavy, float/sink. These concepts lead to questions, challenge and intrigue. Children engage in both inductive and deductive thinking as they explore the properties of water. Principles such as the effect of gravity, force and change in state can all be discovered through water play activities.
Water play encourages children to try out ideas and discover solutions to various problems in a safe environment. It allows children the freedom to use their imaginations and be inventive when given the opportunity to engage in free play.
When experimenting with water play children build and develop their communication and social skills. In order to be successful they must cooperate, negotiate and communicate effectively with their classmates. Children also learn to share equipment, space and materials.
At Creative Play we have a range of Water Play items designed to develop children’s skills and allow them to be engaged through sensory play. From our Water Wall to our Water Play Combi we have something to suit any outdoor environment. Additional extras can be added to the product range to further promote problem solving and communication skills and enhance overall play experience.
For more information on our Water Play visit our website or call us on 01244 375 627