Water play – Child

water play child 2Older children begin to explore ideas and learn about the world as they enjoy water play.

Did you know?

Playing in puddles and creeks helps children understand their natural environment.

Floating sticks and gum nuts, watching tadpoles and engaging with nature increases children’s awareness of and concern for their environment. Supervision is essential at all times.

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During water play you can talk about concepts such as volume and size e.g. shorter, taller or big, bigger, biggest.

You could also discuss early science concepts such as water state and temperature e.g. ice, cold, hot, steam and evaporation.


Puddle stomping is a fun way to get out and blow off steam with young children after being stuck in doors during the rain.


Supervision is essential at all times. Remember to empty out water at the end of the activity.

Across the ages

All the activities listed on our “Play Ideas” page can be applied across different age groups. See how water play can be fun for babiestoddlers and playgroups.


Activities listed under “child” are suitable for children 3 years and older.  Children of this age enjoy more complex activities where they can develop their skills and use their imagination while playing with friends.