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Dragon Water Play – A Sinkful of Sensory and Imaginative Fun

While water puts out a dragon’s fire, dragons sometimes live in castles which have moats and drawbridges so dragon water play is a possibility. Besides, even dragons must have sometimes needed a bath.

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Dragon water play can happen in the bath or with clothes on at the sink. We found some colorful, plastic dragons at the store. These needed a wash before playing with them and the washing turned into a play activity. With some water and the dragons in the sink, Little Sister washed them off. The dragons splashed and swam. A small container became a boat. They couldn’t all fit so another one was needed. The dragons needed some friends, so out came a few dinosaurs. As she played, Little Sister talked to herself and created stories about what was happening. Sometimes, she paid little attention to them and seemed to be more interested in watching the swirls in the water. She was directing her dragon water play at various levels.

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Water play is a simple activity for kids but tremendously appealing. The water both stimulates and calms the senses. Certainly water appeals to the sense of touch, but the small sounds and moving shapes involve hearing and seeing too. Because the water is so fluid, children’s play can be fluid too. The possible ways to play with water are unlimited so kids can play with it to suit their own ideas and needs. This could be on a sensory level or an imaginative one or a combination, depending on what kids want at any particular time. Water play is a sort of spa for kids. Tension and stress seem to flow out of the body and mind, leaving behind relaxation and a renewal of energy.

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Inevitably, water play means some water on the floor too. However, it’s small price to pay for such deep and enjoyable play, isn’t it?

Halloween Water Sensory Play and Magic Potion

Halloween water sensory play and magic potions isn’t just child’s play, it’s a child’s suggestion for a play-of-the-day. It’s simple and proven to be fun.

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After scooping out a pumpkin, we had to clean up the kitchen. There were a few seeds on the counter and even the floor. There were spoons and other tools that needed washing. Little hands “helped” with that. Some seeds were in the strainer when the dishes were done and I was tempted to throw them up. Little Sister asked if she could use them to make some magic potions. I said yes to that but didn’t want to wipe up the counters again so suggested she make her potions in the kitchen sink. No idea where that thought came from but it was a good one.

Little Sister stood at the sink partly filled with warm water, stirring and creating potions. She used a few Halloween items like a plastic spider, skeleton, centipede, along with a couple of spoons and containers. The jack-o-lantern and bat cookie cutters plus a few seeds and strands floated around too. Two medicine droppers squirted water over the items. This engaged her for several minutes.

The pumpkin that we’d just scooped out also ended up in the sink. Little Sister scooped up and poured out water several times. She carefully picked out and placed the floating seeds into the hollow pumpkin then began filling it with the eye droppers. It took a long time even to get a small amount of water in the pumpkin using the droppers but she was content.

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Water is relaxing and calming for kids in the bath, the kitchen sink, or even a big container of it on floor. Expensive toys aren’t needed for play, just a few items of some sort or another. When kids are done, even if some spills on the floor, it is certainly easy to clean up. This play was sensory and most definitely child-directed. We’ve all heard the expression “everything but the kitchen sink.” When it comes to kids, perhaps it could be “the kitchen sink is everything.” The potions weren’t the only magic happening during this Halloween water sensory play, were they?

Olympic Games #8: Splash up Some Water Play Activities for Kids

All the Olympic Games excitement in and on the water with medals and new records is splashing up some water play activities for kids.

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For kids, water play might take the gold medal. In Rio, there are events for diving, swimming, rowing, sailing, and water polo. Just like the Games, there are many different ways for kids to play in and with water. In the summer, a favorite way is to splash and cool off in a pool, small kiddie pools or community ones. Sometimes, grownups can’t resist and will sit close with their feet in. Doesn’t the water feel refreshing?

Kids also enjoy scooping, pouring, measuring, and more as they play in a water table. You can make your own water center using a big container of water on the deck. Add in some small bottles, spoons, pails, cups, and small toys.

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If there’s too much water happening weather-wise to spend some time outside, run some water in the sink. Kids will probably have to stand on a chair, and there’s an almost certain chance that water will drip on the floor, but it’s not hard to clean up.

Besides all the ways to play, water play activities engage the senses. Certainly, the feel of water on skin stimulates the sense of touch. Water comes with all kinds of sound effects for the sense of hearing. Although water is usually clear, except in Rio when it turned bright green for some of the diving events, there’s still lots to see. The waves and the interaction with light makes patterns, shadows, and movement.

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As kids explore and play in water, their brains and bodies are busy, but water is also relaxing. Water is especially beneficial to calm anxieties. Adults get spas, kids get water play.

Water rockets, slides, sprinklers, squirters, and water pistols are the opposite of calming. These crank up the excitement and are so much fun. For hot days, spray parks go to the top of the list. Does your child know how to make water balloons?

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For a play-of-the-day, inside or out, calm or exciting, can your child enjoy some water play activities? Who knows, maybe there are some new Michael Phelps playing in the water?

Summer Fun and Learning Outside for Kids: Water Play

Summer days are perfect for water play outside and any water spilled on clothes will quickly dry. Water play is not just fun, but also pours out lots of kindergarten readiness fun and learning. While there are tables specially made for water play, any big container will work such as a bin or big bowl. … Continue reading Summer Fun and Learning Outside for Kids: Water Play

Summer Fun, Kindergarten Readiness and Water Play

Getting all wet in the summer is a favorite activity and water play encourages development of many brain connections and kindergarten readiness skills. Plus in the summer, there are so many ways to get wet, from backyard pools, water pistols, sprinklers, water parks, slides, and water tables to lakes, rivers, oceans, and even the rain … Continue reading Summer Fun, Kindergarten Readiness and Water Play