Today it was a hot day and perfect occasion for a 'Water Play'. Under hot, shining sun, kids enjoyed playing with water. The ground looked like a battle field where kids were shouting, running and throwing water at each other with their water guns.
We know that play is essential for children’s development and early learning. It helps children to develop and improve their gross and fine motor skills, co-ordination and concentration.
Importance and learning benefits of water play for kids:
Playing with water fosters learning in all developmental areas. It provides opportunities for children to experiment with math and science concepts, strengthen their physical skills, advance their social and emotional skills, and enhance language development.
Water and a few inexpensive tools can provide a sensory and learning experience.
Free play with water can be a source of learning scientific concepts such as
- Physics (flow, motion),
- Chemistry (solutions, cohesion),
- Biology (plant and animal life), and
- Mathematics (measurement, equivalence, volume).
|Kids throwing water at each other|
|A group picture after finishing their water play. Their smiling faces are proof that it was a really fun time.|
Children were monitored by teachers to make them feel that 'we love to enjoy play together, but with responsibility and following the safety rules'. The whole activity which looked like a "water war" was ended without any unfavorable incident.
Today's 'water play activity' helped children learn social skills and cooperation. I am happy to say that children tried to keep their promises they they will be careful during their play. Kids learned how to work cooperatively and collaboratively, using all their senses to discover and explore their environment, and develop their imagination, creative thinking and ability to problem solve and experiment with solutions.