|Isn’t it interesting what kids will choose to do when they have a whole playground to explore?! Without a doubt, water taps and puddles are often major draw cards!|
– “We need to work together to improve this statistic and early childhood, where life long habits are formed, is the critical time to start”
– “Water is at the root of all life; without it we cannot survive and as such it connects to us in a root way. Outdoor play should allow children to be surrounded by water based experiences from jumping in a puddle to hearing it trickle over stones” (Warden, 2007, as cited by Early Childhood Australia, 2008).
– With drought being a natural occurrence we need to nurture children’s experiences with water, as they will become tomorrow’s leaders and innovators in water conservation.
– The amount of water used in children’s water play is minimal compared to water use across Australia. Restricting water in children’s water play is inconsequential.
– “(Water) is a precious substance with many interesting properties for young children to investigate” (Elliott & Emmett, 1997, as cited by Early Childhood Australia, 2008)
– There are many, many ways to conserve and reuse water in early childhood settings and in the home.
– “Water play is open-ended, offering opportunities for social interactions, physical skills and concept development, including: scientific investigation; soothing sensory exploration; connection with natural materials; full body engagement; hand-eye coordination and the manipulative skills of lifting, pouring, controlling; mathematical and scientific concepts of heavy/light, float/sink, full/empty, shallow/deep, and learn about measuring, estimating, and conservation of volume; concentration and problem solving skills.”
There are endless possibilities for water based activities for kids – and they needn’t be complex! Puddles; a water tray with animals, funnels, tubes, strainers, pouring jugs, buckets, scoops, spray bottles, ice cube trays; plastic plumbing pipes in the sandpit, with watering cans, buckets and spades…or a trip to the beach!
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