It”s summer time, so let’s encourage our kids to go outside and have some fun! All children adore getting wet on a lovely summer’s afternoon, whether they are a toddler or a teen. So with the summer fast approaching and the long six week holidays just around the corner it’s the perfect time to explore a range of water activities and to understand just why water play is so valuable.
Water play, historically has always been associated with the classroom, but it seems so silly to leave it there, especially when the sun is shining and the kids are chomping at the bit to get outside. Water play has so many educational benefits and the great thing about water play is kids are learning with out even realising it!
Firstly, water play encourages hand eye coordination through pouring, squirting, scrubbing and squeezing. So when the paddling pool is out, grab a handful of bath squirters and let the kids play. With so many designs to choose from, dinos, farm animals, sea creatures, vehicles, there’s bound to be a set that will appeal to your little one!
For older children there’s nothing more satisfying than a water fight. Not only does this improve gross motor skills, but encourages children to interact with siblings, friends and other family members. Super soakers and water bombs are in abundance at this time of year, as are toy sprinklers. A new toy on the market this year is the Splash Timer Game, which has been a great hit so far this summer, and well worth the money.
Water play can also develop kids’ imaginations and enhance their creativity. With water toys such as Barber In The Tub, and Pretty in the Tub kids can get involved in numerous role play situations.
Adding a few plastic dinosaurs, under the sea creatures, penguins and polar bears to the water creates a whole new dimension, as kids create a range of different habitats and under the sea adventures. And a diving set, allows children to enter even further into the wonderful world of make believe as they become pirates in search of treasure…This fun idea not only encourages imaginative play but it will also help them to develop gross motor skills as they practice their swimming and diving techniques whilst on the hunt for treasure.
There are so many water and bath toys on the market, that promote learning through play. We strongly believe that this is the best way for our children to learn, don’t you?