15 Minutes of Family Fun – Water Play

15 Minutes of Family Fun – Water Play

15 Minutes of Family Fun – Water Play

Date posted: January 23, 2014

Playing with water is a wonderful way for children to experiment, discover and learn. There are lots of ways to play with water and lots of things to learn through this kind of open-ended play.

It’s easy to do. Use containers (buckets, large plastic containers or basins, sinks and bathtubs) filled with water. Provide things that will float, sink, pour, measure, and drain, such as plastic measuring cups, plastic bottles, funnels, small plastic toys, rocks, and spoons. Make sure the environment is waterproofed. Then, watch the fun happen. In fact, join in the fun and talk about what’s happening. In warm weather, take the fun outdoors.


  • With water play, safety comes first. Adult supervision is always required.
  • Be prepared to get wet. You might need a change of clothes, waterproof aprons, bathing suits, and/or towels.
  • Be prepared for the floor and tabletop to get wet. Indoors, you can use a plastic drop sheet.

What are the benefits? Playing with water:

  • Develops physical skills such as eye-hand coordination and large muscle skills.
  • Provides a unique sensory experience.
  • Helps children learn new words such as bubbles, waves, float, pour, sprinkle, spray.
  • Helps children learn to compare and contrast – sink/float, wet/dry, heavy/light, full/empty.
  • Develops math and science concepts such as measurement, volume, buoyancy.
  • Encourages close observation, problem solving and experimentation.

To learn more about water play, click:
Fun ideas for water play
Learning through Water Play
Making the most of water play
Science Concepts Young Children Learn Through Water Play
Water Play: Wet and Wonderful

And, the library has a book for early childhood caregivers on Exploring Water with Young Children. To borrow this book, library@decoda.ca

Family Literacy Day is celebrated on January 27th each year. This year’s theme is 15 Minutes of Fun!

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