Top 20+ Water Play Ideas for Infants and Toddlers
Our children are huge lovers of water. From infancy they have been splashing in the bathtub and bobbing with us in pools and lakes. Summer is an especially good time to explore water and most summers find us in the midst of a water project of some sort. Last year, our project really got started with our trip to Biloxi MS. Before we launch too far into our latest water project, here are some resources and past water ideas:
Our Top 20+ Water Play Ideas for Infants and Toddlers
Water + Art
Chalk and Water
One of our favorite sidewalk art activities.
Introduction to Watercolors
Basics of watercolors for toddlers.
Light Table Rainbow Fish
Book inspired light table crafting
Fish Eyes Inspired Collages
Toddler friendly extension idea for Fish Eyes by Lois Ehlert.
Water + STEM Play
Simple Water Play
Fill up the sensory table or a large bucket with water and play. Sometimes simple is best.
Sink or Float Rings
Early experiment for infants and toddlers
Ice Cubes and Water
Fun sensory and fine motor activity for little hands.
Infants and up will enjoy this simple water science activity.
Simple Post-Rain Activity
This can be easily changed to washing toy animals, baby dolls, or dishes.
Sand and Water
Messy, ucky, lovely sand and water.
Bubbles and Sensory Table
It's like a bathtub in your sensory table. Perfect for a rainy day.
Sea Turtle Unit
Or learn about a different under the sea animals that strikes your child's fancy at the aquarium.
Observe water birds or animals at a nearby pond, lake, or river.
Vinegar Free Volcanoes
One of our favorite Blossom Box Kids ideas.
Wet VS. Dry : Infant Explorations
Two water explorations to introduce and explore the concepts of wet and dry.
Water + Literacy
Some of our favorite Water Related Books
Big Al : Book Review and Extension Ideas
Little Boat : Book Review and Extension Ideas
Light Ship : Book Review and Extension Ideas
10 Books about Weather
Great self help skill practice for toddlers.
The perfect toddler chore.
Boating with Bambini
Tips for canoeing with toddlers
Rainy Day Walk
Perfect for a warm rainy summer day.
Bambini at the Marina
Great field trip for toddlers curious about boats.
Observing water from a different perspective.
Fun, messy, splashy post-rain activity.
Ride a Boat
Ferries are a fun way to do this, but many cities have other options. We've riden the Lake Express and Merrimac Ferry in Wisconsin.
Dragon Boat Festival
These are so much fun! We went to this one in Milwaukee WI, but they have them all over the country.
The Georgia Aquarium and Vancouver Aquarium are two of our favorites.
Couldn't make a water trips list without my favorite - the beach. Here are some beaches we have loved:
*Orange Beach / Gulf Shores, Alabama
*St Simons Island, Georgia
*South Beach in Biloxi, Mississippi
*Devil's Lake South Beach, Wisconsin
*Atwater Beach, Wisconsin
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