The endless opportunities of water play

Making mud soup

Water holds tremendous attraction for children. When my oldest were small, a mountain stream outside our house provided boundless scope for exploration and play. The kids sailed sticks down its current, built dams and found interesting creatures in its pools. They made “Indian paint” to smear on themselves by rubbing wet stones together. Their friends even figured out how to make a water wheel.

We haven’t lived by a stream for years, but our younger children found other ways to enjoy water. They’d “paint” water with brushes onto the fence or picnic table. They’d discover rainwater in a massive oak stump, and bring bits of bark, gravel, soil and vegetation to mix into it with a stick. These concoctions were everything from granola to mud soup – you have probably heard other names for similar mixtures. Children are naturally inquisitive, and they will get involved!

Outdoors is always best, but indoors too children experiment with water. To capture the fascination of water play, our Sand and water table includes funnels and hosepipes so children can get the water flowing between various levels. Hopefully staff will have as much fun as the children!

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