Provide opportunities to sieve, slop, spray, shake, transport and splash! With the warmer weather, water play offers a fun way to cool off outdoors. But there is so much more to water play- it is both enjoyable and educational. Water Play provides hours of rich and valuable early childhood experiences to develop children’s creativity and imagination.

Here are 5 benefits of water play, along with some products and ideas to help you make the most of water playtime!

Motor Skills

Splishing and splashing provides wonderful opportunities for fine and gross motor skill development for children of all ages.


When they are pouring, squirting and scrubbing, children are developing fine motor and hand eye coordination skills.

Performing actions, like pumping, or even just navigating around a water play space helps with gross motor development.


Problem Solving Skills

With water play, children can explore this substance and make discoveries. Be sure to add new textures (like Slime) for added sensory discovery.

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Use outdoor ramps with balls and cars, and be sure to bring out paper and rocks to conduct floating and sinking experiments. Simple play like this are great practical ways of teaching how and why.

Using the ramps with cars, for example, can call on imagination and creative thinking, both playing important roles in problem solving.


Language Development

Water play is such a great provocation. Ask intentional questions to extend children's thinking, memory and use of evidence.

Social-Emotional Skills

Water is such a diverse form of play. It can be both invigorating and calming. In both instances, water play helps release energy.

Calm and repetitive water play can help a child focus on a single activity. Be sure to have toys and tools that encourage children to scoop, pour and run their hands through the water.

Water play can also facilitate social skill development and children must learn to cooperate, share and take turns.

Science and Math

Water play can help lay the foundation for understanding a number of scientific and mathematical concepts.

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Children can explore measurement- full, empty, half, less- and compare volumes. They can observe motion as the water runs down a ramp, or through a pump. If you are lucky, they may even be able to observe plant and animal life.


Exploring the Benefits of Water Play

  1. How does water play contribute to motor skills development? Water play offers opportunities for both fine and gross motor skill development. Activities like pouring, squirting, and scrubbing help refine fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination, while navigating around a water play space promotes gross motor development.

  2. What role does water play in fostering problem-solving skills? Water play encourages children to explore and make discoveries, fostering problem-solving skills. Adding new textures and elements like slime enhances sensory exploration, while activities like floating and sinking experiments with objects like balls and rocks promote practical understanding of scientific concepts.

  3. How does water play support language development? Water play serves as a rich provocation for language development. By asking intentional questions and encouraging children to describe their observations and experiences, educators can extend their thinking, memory, and use of evidence, promoting language skills.

  4. What social-emotional benefits does water play offer? Water play provides a diverse range of experiences, from invigorating to calming, helping children release energy and focus. Calm and repetitive activities like scooping and pouring promote concentration, while cooperative play in a water environment encourages social skill development such as cooperation, sharing, and turn-taking.

  5. In what ways does water play contribute to science and math learning? Water play lays the foundation for understanding scientific and mathematical concepts. Children can explore measurement, observe motion, and even observe plant and animal life in a water environment. Activities like comparing volumes and observing water flow help develop foundational skills in science and math.

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