Water play – Playgroup

water play childWater play at playgroup is a great warm weather activity and is suitable across age groups.

Did you know?

Children learn lots of early science and maths concepts during water play.

Add language

When playing with younger group members, using words to describe their actions adds language to what they are interested in. “Splash… Splash… Tip!!!!”

Other development

For older children, water can provide fun opportunities for learning concepts such as size and volume. Which cup holds more?  Collecting together a variety of objects and testing which sink or float is another fun concept game.


Water tables at playgroup are a great idea. They can be used for water play but also messy play and rice or other sensory play.

There are lots of different ways to present water to give children different learning experiences. Try adding colour to the water, or ice blocks to discuss temperature.  Add water creatures one week then cups and funnels another. Less is sometimes more; try adding toys on just one theme rather than putting all the toys in every week.


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 children.


Activities listed under “playgroup” are suitable for groups of children of various ages. They provide opportunities for early learning and social play.