It’s pouring fun in our house!

For ages 1 – 5 years

Children of all ages love water games – and water can be very relaxing. This activity lets your child play with water as they develop their hand–eye coordination, and learn some maths and science concepts. As children pour, they have to think about how fast to pour, how long to pour, and when to stop. Water play can be calming for children. It can help them to ‘tune out’ other things going on around them.

 What do I need?

  • Storage tub or bucket (or even the kitchen sink!)
  • Jugs, measuring cups and other containers
  • Water
  • Food dye (optional)

How do I do it?

  1. Set up your container of water on a flat surface – outside might be best, or anywhere that can get a bit wet.
  2. Let your child experiment with pouring and filling.
  3. Chat with your child as they play. You can use words like pour, empty and full, to describe what they are doing.

Remember: always supervise your child near water.

No-one knows your child better than you.  So, choose and/or adapt ideas here to best suit you and your child. Remember it’s the talking and time spent together that matters most.

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