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Why do it?
- Playing with water provides multiple opportunities for open-ended play.
- It can promote language, cognitive and sensory activities.
- Water play can be calming, exciting or require focus and concentration.
- It also supports hand–eye co-ordination.
- It’s a fun activity and can be enjoyed outside or inside.
- Water play doesn’t have to be only at bath time.
How to do it
- You don’t need a large quantity of water for a toddler to enjoy themselves — an ice cream container full with a small yogurt container to dip and pour is enough.
- Water play requires constant supervision at this age and stage.
- An old towel on the floor will help to avoid anyone slipping in puddles.
- For toddlers, gumboots and puddles can provide lots of fun for stomping and splashing in. Dropping stones in and watching and listening to the results is great too.
- On warmer days, put a baby bath or large container outside and fill it with lukewarm water. Add plastic cups for dipping and pouring, sponges to squeeze and things that float.
- Keep alert there may also be a small child in there, too!
Using more te reo Māori
|He ipu aihikirīmi
||ice cream container
|He makariri tēnei wai
||This water is cold
|He mahana tēnei wai
||This water is warm
||To be alert, vigilant