Water play – Toddler

water play toddlerToddlers often love to splash and get wet. Water gives lots of opportunity to explore.

Did you know?

When toddlers repeat actions over and over, they are mastering new skills and strengthening neural pathways.

Water is a helpful activity for children to become more aware of other children playing nearby.

Other development

Add cups to practice pouring and tipping. This helps the development of wrist movements.
Different size and shape containers help develop concepts of size and volume, full and empty.

Add language

Water play gives lots of opportunity for talking, learning new vocabulary and keeping the conversation going – “It’s empty, pour some in, pour more, it’s full now, tip it out…”


Kids love using a watering can or spray bottle to water plants. They will also be strengthening their arms and fingers.

Washing a doll, dinosaurs or toy animals is a fun way to introduce pretend play and talk about body parts.

A paint brush and bucket of water can keep toddlers occupied painting the fence or paving.


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 babieschildren and playgroups.


Activities listed under “toddler” are suitable for children aged 1-3 years. Toddlers enjoy activities that include exploring their environment and finding out how things work.

Play ideas

Aquarium bottle for web

Aquarium bottle