We've used siphons, cups, jugs, measuring spoons, sea animals, glow sticks and shells. We've added various colors, bubbles, and glitter. So what else is there?
I was struck with a memory of using small tongs in the classroom to pick up various items as a fine motor activity, so I decided to apply this same activity to the water table on a larger scale. I picked up some large bamboo tongs, plastic salad tongs, large slotted spoons and child-adapted chopsticks.
I also set out some buckets to collect the items and a small muffin tin.
The pre-K children enjoyed this activity so much! I think it reminded them of a treasure hunt. The challenge of picking up items on the tank bottom with the tongs added interest and challenge!
If you have any creative, challenging, or interesting water play ideas, please put your link in the comment box! I would LOVE to hear from you. Really...I would love it....I need the inspiration! ;-)
For a great article on the benefits of water play, visit Community Play Things (provides a fantastic list of water play enhancers) or Write Out of the Box (a great article to pass out to parents who may feel that water play is just "play"). Enjoy!