Tomorrow (Wednesday, June 20th) is the official first day of summer! I don’t know about you, but when I think summertime on the preschool playground, I think that it’s time for some serious water play!
Below are some water play activities I have done in the past and some others I would love to try:
1. Sponge Relay Race – Have a relay race where you use sponges to carry water from a full bucket of water to an empty bucket.
2. Sprinkler – You can’t beat running through a sprinkler on a hot day.
3. Mud Pie Kitchen – Mix up the dirt, water, leaves, bark, and whatever else you can find. It’s time for some delicious mud pies!
4. Ice Experiments – Try freezing some small toys inside of ice blocks/cubes and then do experiments to discover how to get them out.
5. Water Painting – Take paint brushes and a bucket of water outside and the children can “paint” the climber, swings, sidewalk, etc.
6. Soapy Slip ‘n Slide – Place a tarp over a smooth surface on your preschool playground. Add some hand soap and spray the tarp with water. I promise, this is a fun one!
7. Dribble Castles and Sand Castles – Use water mixed with sand to have a “day at the beach.”
8. Hula Hoop Bubbles – Put soapy water in a small kiddie pool. Have a child stand in the pool and use a hula hoop as a bubble wand to raise a bubble around the child.
9. Water Experiment – Sprinkle pepper on top of a dish of water and dip your finger in. Then try dipping your finger in soap before touching the pepper. What happened?
10. Color Mixing – Fill ice cube trays up half way. Add a few drops of food coloring to some of the cubes. Provide droppers and mix away!
11. Homemade Watering Cans – Use a half gallon milk jug with holes punched in the lid to water the flowers.
12. Queen Anne’s Lace – Pick some flowers and put them in a vase. Add a few drops of food coloring into the water and the flowers will absorb the color.