Set up a place inside or out, where your child can play in water.
A large dish pan works well, as does a small swimming pool or infant
tub. Below are a variety of items you can give your child to use
in the water.
|SPONGES - Give
your child a number of different sized sponges to fill and squeeze
in the water
- A dish of soap adds a fun element to water play.
- Your child can experiment with measuring cups to see how many cups
of one cup fit into a larger cup.
- Poke holes in the bottom of one or two plastic tubs or bottles.
The water sprinkles out when your child fills it with water.
|MEAT TRAYS - Plastic
meat trays or egg cartons make great boats. Give your child some small
toys to take for a ride.
|EGG BEATER - An
old fashioned hand operated egg beater, is fun for children to use
to stir up bubbles in a pan of water
|TAPE - Tape a
strip of wide tape across your child's water container. He can use
this for a bridge. Boats can pass under it and cars can go over it.
|ICE - Place some
ice cubes in your child's water tub. They make for great "Artic"
|PING PONG BALLS -
These balls can float across the water and they can also be blown
across the water.
WILL IT FLOAT OR SINK?
Let your child conduct experiments with items in their
water pan. What sinks? What will float? You can set out items for
your child or she can find ones for herself.
Examples: block, toy, ping pong ball, penny, spoon, feather, cork,
A fun item for children to experiment with is whole fruit. Will
it sink or float? You may be surprised!