Growing up I could spent hours in front of a sink playing. Hours. I loved water--there was not a body of water I couldn't resist jumping into...I think that fun and joy in water has carried on with Little Miss F. Bath time is a highlight for her & water play is something she almost craves.
Water play is great because it is creating the roots for scientific inquiry: observation, experimentation, curiosity, wonderment and fun!
Amanda from the blog Dirt and Boogers shared the idea of using a jelly roll pan and provided the very practical suggestion of keeping a towel (or two!) handy.
LMF loves water play. She’ll often make a beeline for Digby’s water bowl to create her own water play opportunity.
I use a variety of containers for water play- the large plastic tubs are from Fresh Direct grocery deliveries. Now that LMF is getting older, I feel more comfortable offering her deeper water. But always with full supervision.
Dirt and Boogers inspired the idea for offering balls with water play. Most of the time we provide LMF ordinary household objects like measuring spoons and cups, a garlic peeler, and bath toys.
Here is the plan for encouraging water play with your child:
Shallow dish/tub, pan for the water
A large beach towel and a few other towels on hand
Interesting items for your child to play with -- scoops, balls, kitchen items, as well as bath toys all work well!
In introducing LMF to water play, I showed her the empty container and then poured the water into the pan so she could see the container fill. Every child responds to water differently. I have a total water bug so she jumped right in without hesitation.
If your child is more reluctant to get wet that is okay! Respect your child's hesitation and model your confidence and joy in water play. If a child does not want to get wet in water play, that is okay. They can have fun watching you scoop up the water and pour it and splash without having a drop of water land on him or her. Be patient, some children need a lot of time to become comfortable with the idea of water in general before they even consider playing in it!
Digby always participates too - usually he needs to approve of the taste the water.
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