Location: Chingford
22nd June 2017

The Toddler Blog - Toddlers Splashing Around

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                                            Splashing around in Rabbits & Squirrels

 Rabbits room (1-2 years) and Squirrels room (3-15 months) had lots of fun playing in the water tray on a bright sunny afternoon. The children were emptying and filling various containers with the water and was blowing the water to see what effect it would have. Grace encouraged the children to get more involved with the water by extending the activity. She brought out a Tuff Tray and let the children fully explore the water using their entire body. Inside the Tuff Tray was bubbles and paint; the paint makes the water more attractive for the children which encourages them to get involved in the activity. 

There are many different water activities you can do with children in this age group. For example to extend our activity more, we could of added some sea animals. This would teach the children about nature and boost their communication by naming the different animals. This would also help with their development in Understanding the World and Communication and Language. 

Below are some water activities you can try at home, don't be afraid to get messy!

Ice Age Bin- Melting ice with salt and water is an exciting water activity that also links with science. You can keep the children busy for ages excavating frozen treasures out of a block of ice.

Wash the toys- This is one of the simplest yet exciting water activities for toddlers. Grab some toys, add some soap and get to washing. This activity is great for indoors or outdoors.

Foam blocks in water- Add some foam blocks to the water. Your child can sort the blocks, build with them or even just have fun splashing around!

Experimenting with water- Add some toys to a tub of water and see which items sink and which items float.

Why is water play important for children's development?

  • It develops their motor skills, children will increase their fine motor skills and hand eye coordination through actions like pouring, squirting, scrubbing. 

 

  • It increases their language development. Imagine the discussions you can have and the amount of new words they can learn whilst having fun with the water and having conversations about it.

 

  • It helps with their social-emotional growth. Water play releases energy, it can be both invigorating or relaxing and calming for young children. They also learn to work with one or several children, to take turns and share the space and accessories with their peers.

 

  • Extends their problem solving skills. Water play allows children to explore a substance and make discoveries about it. Observing a branch or paper float or sink will teach them, in a very practical way, how and why things happen. It also encourages them to use their imagination.