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02 April, 2015

6 unbelievable benefits when young children play with water

6 unbelievable benefits when young children play with water
6 unbelievable benefits when young children play with water What are we learning to do when we play with water? (Learning Goals for children who are 12-22 months old).

What are we learning to do when we play with water? (Learning Goals for children who are 12-22 months old).

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

o   Play alongside others

o   Use a familiar adult as a secure base from which to explore independently in a new environment

o   Play cooperatively with a familiar adult

Communication, Language and Literacy

o   Use gestures, sometimes with limited talk

o   Concentrate intently on an object or activity of their own choosing for short periods

o   Understand simple sentences

Knowledge and Understanding of the World

o   Explore objects by linking together

o   Use different approaches: shaking, hitting, looking feeling, pulling, turning and poking

o   Enjoy playing with small world models such as a boat or sea creatures.

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Mathematics

o   Enjoy filling and emptying containers

o   Use some language of quantities, such as ‘more’ and ‘a lot’.

Physical Development

o   Pick up small objects between thumb and fingers

o   Enjoy the sensory experience of making marks in damp sand, paste or paint

o   When sitting, can lean forward to pick up small toys

Expressive arts and design

o   Experiment with blocks, colours and marks

o   Imitates and improvises actions they have observed, e.g. clapping or waving

Supporting your child is essential

What to say ?

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o   Swirl the water around!

o   Can you fill up the plastic bottle?

o   Can you empty the jug?

o   Let’s make something nice to drink!

o   Which one will float/sink?

o   Let’s mix the water!

o   Can you splash with your hands/feet?

o   Can you see the bubbles?

o   Can you make waves like the sea?

o   Can you make rain?

Praising your child!

o   “I Like the way you ….”

o   “I’m proud of you!”

o   “You shared nicely with your friend.”

o   “Wow, that’s great splashing in the water!

o   “Superstar!”

Water Play at Home

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o   Things to play with in water

o   strainer

o   old teapot

o   toy buckets

o   jugs and containers

o   sponges

o   small watering can

o   funnel

o   whisk

o   plastic bottles

o   toothbrushes

o   paint brushes

Key words to use when playing in water:

o   bubbles sink

o   drip drop empty

o   full pour

o   splash stir

o   wet float

o   sink

o   empty

o   pour

o   stir

o   float

Parent Tips

o   Try and sit at your child’s eye level, so you are eye to eye with them when you play.

o   Children should always be supervised by an adult when playing in or with water.

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