Summertime Fun!

The first day of Summer is this weekend; when the sun is farthest north either the 20th or 21st; also, known as the Summer Solstice. So, a good way to beat the heat and have some fun is with something that costs nothing at all, water. Here are some ideas for water play….

What you need:

·     cups

·     bowls

·     spoons

·     funnels

·     strainers

·     water bottles

Basically, anything you can find that is plastic and in your kitchen. We save empty peanut butter jars, spice jars, coffee cans, etc. You get the picture–anything that can be reused.

Let’s Play:

·     Put on some old clothes, just a diaper or swimsuit

·     Fill up a tub or a few big bowls with water and show your child how to fill and pour the water

·     If you can’t be outside then fix up a spot with towels so that your child can play freely

You can also let your child experiment with sand, beans, cornmeal or any other pourable substance.

Development Advantages of Water Play

Physical-motor:

 Standing at the sand/water table facilitates the use of fingers, hands, arms, and trunk while maintaining overall balance  shovels, funnels, and scoops in sand or water provides resistive activity, which supplies the muscles and joints in the hands and arms with information that is sent to the vestibular and proprioceptive sections of the brain. This increases body awareness and allows practice of grading of muscle use for different daily activities. Eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills such as shoulder stability, forearm rotation, wrist control, and hand grasp-skills needed for future writing are facilitated by sand/water table play.

Cognitive:

Sorting items and problem solving are cognitively based skills. The sand/water table allows cognitive skills to be integrated with physical play, which creates a dynamic and engaging learning environment that supports cognitive development.

Sensory:

 Playing in a variety of media possessing different textures offers opportunities for children to experience and discriminate a multitude of sensory information through the skin. Stereognosis skills are worked when children feel and identify items (e.g. toys in sand) that they cannot see.

Social:

 Interactive and pretend play is how children learn and develop social skills such as verbal communication, sharing, helping, compromising, requesting, offering, and friendship building. The sand/water table can be considered a smaller version of the beach!

Speech and Language:

 The gathering of children around an emotionally engaging activity promotes the use of spontaneous speech and language.

 Source: http://www.writeoutofthebox.com/pdf/Sand%20and%20Water%20Table%20Play.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

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