When the weather is warm, there isn’t anything more fun than water.
Kids can splash, swim, and have loads of fun while they’re playing. You can keep it simple with a small bin of water (or even the bathtub). Or, you can have fun with one of these water play ideas for toddlers.
I selected these activities for toddlers because they were fun, simple, and appropriate for your 2 and 3 year olds. But, it’s very important to supervise your child carefully while playing with water. In addition, some of these activities use small items. You know your child best, so only choose an activity that is appropriate for them.
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What is water play?
What exactly is water play? Basically, it’s a fun and open-ended sensory activity that uses water.
You can incorporate all sorts of learning activity into water play such as fine motor, scooping and pouring, color mixing, counting, etc.
It’s fun, sometimes messy, and can be done inside and out!
Are you ready to have some fun?
Water Sensory Bins for Toddlers
Get out the rubber duckies for this fun Pond Sensory Bin from In Our Pond.
Add lemons to the water for a fun Lemon Sensory Bin from Fantastic Fun and Learning.
Play with letters in water with this fun Alphabet Sensory Bin from Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds. These awesome letters and numbers from Little Tikes are perfect for using with water!
Combine flower petals with water for this Flower Petal Sensory Play idea from Fantastic Fun and Learning.
Add some sharks to water for this fun Shark Sensory Bin from Mommy’s Bundle.
Have fun scooping with this fun and simple Scooping Blocks Sensory Bin from My Bored Toddler.
Play with sand and water with this fun Ocean Sensory Bin from Fun Learning for Kids.
Practice sorting colors with this fun Color Sorting Water Bin from Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds.
Large plastic bins are perfect to use for indoor water play. Try a plastic underbed storage bin. It’s shallow, for easy access and has a lid so an adult can move it with minimal mess. Put a large beach towel underneath to soak up any spills.
Outdoor Water Fun for Toddlers
Throw some fun Sponge Water Bombs with this fun idea from Messy Little Monster.
More Water Play Ideas for Toddlers
Keep it simple with some pouring and scooping with our water play for toddlers idea.
Exercise your fine motor skills with this fun Pom Pom Squeeze Water Play idea from Fantastic Fun and Learning.
Practice pouring with this fun Pouring Station idea from Busy Toddler.
This toy washing station from Busy Toddler is always a popular and fun idea!
Experiment with a simple Water Wall with this fun idea from There’s Just One Mommy.
Scoop and pour these fun edible water beads from The Art Kit.
Save your bottle caps for this fun Bottle Cap Soup idea from School Time Snippets.
Grab some squirt bottle so you can Squirt the Numbers with this fun idea from Days with Grey.
Which of these water play ideas for toddlers do you want to try with your kids?
You may also like one of these fun toddler activities:
My recommended resource for toddlers
Do you enjoy doing activities with your toddler? Grab your copy of PLAY from Hands On As We Grow for fun and simple activity that you can do.
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