Preschool Water Play Activities

Knowing the benefits of water play is essential as we make teaching opportunities intentional and meaningful for our children.

Here are the top 5 benefits for children’s development:

  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Introduces math and science concepts
  • Enhances concentration and focus
  • Develops motor skills and sensory exploration
  • Builds social and communication skills

Here’s a list of engaging and interactive activities to make water play more fun!

Physical Development – Gross Motor & Hand/Eye Coordination
○ Water Relay Races (pass the sponge, cup on head, etc. to increase hand/eye
coordination and gross motor skills
○ Limbo w/pool noodle

Cognition – Building Connections
○ Using a theme & applying it to water play to build connections
(example: ice cream cup instead of buckets)

○ Alphabet Water Activities (add letters to water and fish it out, spray letters on
window, etc. )

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
○ Car Wash -= design a car wash using different materials (PVC piping and connectors, dusters, sponges, windsocks, etc.)
○ Build a beach
○ Toy boats-children build boats using various materials such as an avocado shell for
○ Lego tower- build the largest tower without it falling down and then spray down
○ Build a DIY water wall

○ Duck Races (Use rubber duckies in a large plastic bin and students measure how
far it went. They can also make predictions how far they’ll go and which one will
get their the quickest and explain why)

○ Erupting Ice Chalk
○ Sink or Float Experiment
○ More science experiments with water!

○ Paint dyed water

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