Wet Fun For Babies

Why?

Babies are more likely to express themselves with sounds and body movements than identifiable language, so it is more noticeable when they say a word that expresses their feelings, intentions or knowledge. Watching and listening to babies is the best way to notice their development. This activity offers the opportunity for babies to become familiar with new vocabulary while enjoying the sensory experience of playing with water. Incorporating songs is a foundational way to encourage mathematical concepts. 

What you need?

  • Water trough or a tub
  • Toy tug boats, corks, flowers, small buckets or other items that will float

Instructions

1. Place a low water trough on the floor.

2. Fill with enough water to float small objects such as toy boats, corks, flowers, etc.

3. Parents/carers can sit with their babies just outside the trough, supervising them closely, while babies reach into the trough and splash, make waves, and extend themselves to reach the floating objects.

Tip

Place coloured ice cubes in the water. The babies will be able to see the colours spread through the water as the ice melts.

Extension of the activity

  • Constant supervision of children when playing with water is essential.
  • Introduce some small plastic jugs and beakers to the babies’ play – just be prepared to have water all over the floor!
  • Sing songs like, Here is the Sea, or make up your own while the babies are having fun splashing.

Language Structure / Keywords

Open-ended questions, “what does this feel like?” when pouring water over their feet or hands. Singing songs introduces rhythm and patterns. Use language like splish, splash, big, small, full and empty.