Creative Water Play

Developmental Area



Water Play


Early Childhood

There is so much to discover all around us!

This seemingly easy learning opportunity has endless opportunities! As Maria Montessori once said, “the child, making use of all that he finds around him, shapes himself for the future.”


For this activity you will need:

  • Bowl / container

  • Flowers and leaves

  • Wooden spoon, jug and cups

  • Dried lavender and herbs

Learning Goals

With this activity you will learn the following skills:

  • Engage, explore and experiment in their environment and use new physical skills including skills to manipulate objects and materials

  • Learn about the natural environment and through our sense (touch and smell)

  • Nature awareness: collecting, sorting and grappling with natural materials

Process Description

Creative Water Play

Water play is a great way to encourage toddlers to practice fine motor skills such as pouring, sprinkling and stirring. All you need is a bowl or tub of water and the possibilities are endless!

Children can use their nature treasures to make potions or flower soup. Add a small amount of food colouring or poster paint to colour the water. Use dried lavender or flower petals for fragrance- perfect for sensory play.

Toddlers and preschoolers can use wooden spoons to stir, cups to fill and empty.



Use blocks with letters/writing on them to introduce literacy into the learning opportunity. Add different sized containers, so that children can begin to grapple with size, weight, measurement and space.

Author Bio


Katie and Kirsty – @allthemumery

Sitting with a cuppa and playing with your toddler is the most rewarding experience, embrace these special moments! Play is a wonderful way to connect with your children, you will learn together while creating lifelong memories. ~ Katie and Kirsty Play along with us on Instagram @allthemumery


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