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