Young children find great pleasure in water play on warm days! At the Henrietta center, the teachers plan it for them at least once a week in the summer months! To encourage creative play, a variety of toys and materials are put into the water, including plastic animals, feathers, pouring/squirting toys, boats and sometimes pretend food!
Pouring the water back and forth in containers, watching it spill over the edge of the water table, making waves, and splashing the water around are all very fun and exciting activities! Playing with water is also a perfect opportunity to experiment with the scientific properties of sinking and floating.
The children also enjoy washing their toys (especially the pretend food and dishes) in the water! This hardly seems like work when you can be wet! The best benefit of outside water play is that the children stay cool in the warm summer sun!