35+ Water Play Activities for Toddlers

35+ Water Play Activities for Toddlers

Inside: Water play for toddlers and preschoolers for summer

Hot summer days, and children home from school? 

Don't you worry.  I've got you covered. 

Have you seen the effect water has on cranky, bored children?

I have.

Give kids a bucket of soapy water, and the next thing you know dinner is made. Use this in combination with your Breakfast Invitations and you can drop the mic on summer.  #momskillinit

Water play for toddlers to the rescue!

water play for kids

Why is water play important?

Playing with substances (such as water) is the foundation to learning.

During the infant and toddler stage, your child is exploring the physical experiences, using senses to better understand how things in the world fit together. 

Around preschool, children now add the social play into the learning and explore substances side by side. They are communicating and making comparisons with their discoveries.

During the middle years children will now become more analytical with what they are learning since they had a chance to touch move and explore. They are now ready to take next level with greater ease since they already had the chance to explore.

This is when children become the producers. 

At the teenage stage, children are able to show how things come together.

The foundation of learning is in the toddler and preschool years.

water play for toddlers

Water and kids are the winning combinations to make it when the day feels long.

The best part?

Kids do not have a preferred state of matter. Take the water straight from the spout, or freeze it for the following day. Both work like a charm.

I searched through many of my favorite bloggers to give you this gigantic water play roundup with 35+ ideas.

The water play ideas below are in three different categories that I know you will enjoy. Take a seat. You are going to want to dive (literally) deep into this post. 

water play for toddlers

Drum Roll Please! Here they are our favorite ideas for water play…

water play for toddlers

13+ Water Play Ideas With Items Around Your Home:

Water Table Kitchen - Happy Toddler Playtime 

Flower and Water Sensory Bin - Days with Grey 

Water Buttons - Days with Grey

Rainbow Discovery Bottles - The Paige Diaries 

Water Transfer - Busy Toddler 

Apple Water Scoop and Sort - Days with Grey

Ocean Bin - Days with Grey

Baby Doll Washing Station - The Workspace for Children 

Scoop the Limes - Days with Grey

Apple Scoop and Sort - Days with Grey

Nature Soup - Happily Ever Mom 

Alphabet Soup - Busy Toddler 

Bright and Sour Sensory Bin - Days with Grey 

Toy Washing Station - Busy Toddler 

Lemons and Water Sensory Play - Days with Grey

Pom Pom Water Station  - Happy Toddler Playtime 

Squirt the Numbers - Days with Grey 

Water Play Pouring Table - Days with Grey

Oil and Water on the Light Table - Happily Ever Mom 

10 Ways to Learn and Play with Water - Toddler Approved 

Cranberry Water Scoop - Days with Grey

Play on Ketchup and Mustard - Days with Grey

water play for toddlers

12+ Frozen Water Play:

Paint the Ice - Days with Grey

Pom Pom Ice Cubes - The Paige Diaries 

Rescue the Bears - Days with Grey

Ice Bin Transfer Play - Busy Toddler 

Color Your Ice - Days with Grey 

Frozen Lego - Happy Toddler Playtime 

Alphabet Ice - Days with Grey

Alphabet Ice Excavation - Teaching Mama 

Ice Rocks - Happy Toddler Playtime 

Frozen Paint - Busy Toddler 

Ice Puzzles - Days with Grey 

Ice Cube Sculptures - Teaching Mama 

Ice Melt and Break - Growing Book By Book 

Fourth of July Sensory Bin with Ice - Playground Parkbench

Rainbow Ice Town Excavation - Fun at Home with Kids

water play for toddlers

14 Water Toys/Gear:

Water Beads - Days with Grey

Water Toys You Need to Own - Busy Toddler 

Splash the Alphabet with Water Bottles - Days with Grey 

21+ Spray Bottle Water Bottle Activities - Happy Toddler Playtime 

Eyeball Soup - Days with Grey

Plastic Egg Water Wall - Teaching Mama 

Water Xylophone - Teaching Mama

Frozen Water Beads - Busy Toddler 

Duck Race - Fantastic Fun and Learning 

The Best Bath Toys - Busy Toddler 

DIY Water Color Pens - Happily Ever Mom 

Color Sorting Sensory Bin - The Mama Workshop

A Trip Into the Forest with Kids - The Workspace for Children 

Scooping Shapes Bubble Water Play - Fantastic Fun and Learning 

Bottle Cap Fine Motor Gear - Fantastic Fun and Learning 

Pool Noodle Water Wall - Teaching Mama 

Which idea for water play will you play today?

Quick tips how to make it work.

Quick tips how to make it work.

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