Advantages of Water Play Equipment
Children enhance their gross motor skills and coordination when they play in water. They also develop their fine motor skills by scooping, pouring, splashing and squeezing water with their hands.
In addition to that, water play provides children with opportunities to question, explore and experiment. They can investigate water science by finding out what floats or sinks, and they can develop maths skills by measuring and exploring the water’s movement through slopes and channels.
Water play is a soothing sensory experience for children. Gentle water activities such as pouring, swishing and running their hands through the water can be quite relaxing for kids – much like how adults enjoy a nice bath.
Children often get completely absorbed in their water play and can play for long periods of time. This helps them to focus and can develop their attention spans.
While they are splashing, swishing and throwing water around they are learning about their environment and doing scientific experiments. They are observing cause and effect and discovering things like what floats and sinks. Their vocabulary also gets a boost because they are using definitive words for things such as ‘water’, ‘sink’ and ‘pour’. This is important as they are developing their language skills and communication.
Motor Skills Development
A child’s hands get a workout when they play with water. They grab, splash, squirt and scoop-and that all improves their fine motor skills (hand-eye coordination). It also helps them develop those important hand muscles they will use to hold a pencil or brush later on in life.
While playing in the water, children build their communication and language skills too. They often narrate their play as they work out concepts in their heads and communicate with their peers.
Open Ended Play
Adding water play equipment to your playground encourages children of all ages to interact in a variety of ways. Kids are only limited by their imagination when they play with water.
Through their exploration, kids can learn a variety of valuable science and maths concepts such as capacity, volume and depth. They also build upon their scientific enquiry and problem solving skills as they observe and experiment with the different materials. For example, watching a branch sink or float helps them to understand that a heavier object sinks while a lighter one floats.
Changing the water based resources regularly will stimulate their discovery in new and exciting ways. Add-ins like food dye or bubbles can change the entire experience. Adding sand to the water is another fun way to expand their sensory experience and develop balance.
As children immerse themselves in their water play they can lose themselves and take a break from more physically active play, it’s a calming activity. This can also help with attention span and concentration later in life.
The physical repetition of scooping, pouring and running hands through the water supports their fine motor skills development. They can practice gripping, squeezing and handling small objects which helps with their drawing and writing skills later in life.
In addition to the basic water table, there are water-flow equipment options that can be added to playgrounds like streams and fountains. These are fun additions and can encourage imaginative, social play with boats or other toys.
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