5 ideas for Water Play ( 21 months+ )

Water play activities help children develop their fine and gross motor skills. Pouring, scooping, squeezing are great to strengthen the small muscles in the hands and wrists. While splashing, carrying and lifting buckets, transporting etc support the physical development of children. 

Here are 5 ideas that you can easily set up for your children with water


In Image: Sensory Table from Curious Cub

1. Ice Rescuing

Add your toddler’s favorite toys  in small bowls. Fill them up with water and freeze. Once frozen, take them out of the bowl and put them in a bowl or tray. Provide your child with tools like a hammer and some warm water with droppers to rescue the toys.

2. Pichkaris 

These are super fun during Holi, but why limit them to just the festival? Pichkaris are great to develop upper body strength and will keep your child engaged for a long time. You can add figurines for them to squirt water on to take it up a notch!                                                         

In Image: Sensory Table from Curious Cub

3. Mixtures and solutions

Give your child 3 glasses of primary colour and a few empty bowls. Encourage them to pour and mix colours to discover new colours being formed. 

4. Transporting

Fill an empty 5 litre can of oil with water after you have used up all the oil. You can start by filling half way to the top. Add a long string to the handle. Your child will enjoy pulling the can around and may even try to lift it. This is a great activity to develop gross motor skills as they use their upper body and strengthen their core.

5. Glow in the dark fun

Add a drop of black food colouring in a tub of water. Throw in some glow sticks, glow bracelets and even stars that glow in the dark. Provide your child with tongs and tweezers to pick out the treasures they find.   

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