Whether they are playing in puddles, splashing in the tub, or helping with the dishes, kids can become immersed in water play. Bring some sensory and science exploration into simple water play for a fun activity for a hot day.
What You’ll Need:
- Plastic tub (this can be anything from a small plastic storage box to a plastic kiddie pool
- Plastic food storage tubs
- Heavy and light objects, like buttons, glass beads, rocks and corks
- Lots of towels
Step 1 – Prepare the area
On a hot day, this activity can be done outside in a kiddie pool. For indoor play, do it in the tub or spread a towel out on the kitchen floor. To prevent kids from climbing into the water themselves, set the water up on a low table. Make sure to supervise children around water at all times.
*Tips for Parents: This activity works great on a low table that lets kids explore without actually going for a swim.
Step 2 – Float
Give kids the plastic food storage containers. Put them in the water.
*Tips for Parents: Pretend the small tubs are boats. Ask kids: Do they float? Push them around. Blow into them to see if you can move them across the water.
Step 3 – Sink
*Tips for Parents: Encourage kids to put the items inside the boats. Talk about what sinks and what floats. My kids love to put their toys, like LEGO mini-figures and toy cars, inside the boats to see if they can make them sink. The rocks and glass beads are a fun item for sensory play in themselves!