Water Play for Toddlers

Over the weekend, I set up a water play station for AJ.

I laid out a bowl full of water, a few empty containers, and  scoops, spoons and dippers. I placed the containers in a baking dish in the hope to contain some of the water.

Yes, I did set out glass containers for my toddler. I planned on sitting with her the entire time, so I knew that wouldn’t cause a problem.

She was eager to begin once she saw the set-up. She grabbed a measuring cup right away and started scooping.


She spent a lot of time at the beginning transferring water from one container to another.

She scooped and poured and scooped and poured.


She tested the limits of the containers to see just how much water she could get in one and then enjoyed watching the water flow over the edges.


At one point, she even tried to see if she could pick the water up with her hands. That didn’t work!

And then, she tried pouring…  oh dear!

We had a lot of fun, soaked a few towels, and had to completely change AJ’s clothes.

Nonetheless, I’m sure we’ll do this again! Although, the next time, I may just lug all the (plastic) containers into the bathtub.

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Terri is a writer and mom of two elementary-aged girls. She has a passion for learning and is always looking for ways to make learning fun. You can find her at Better Than Homework where she shares fun learning activities or Creative Family Fun where she shares art, craft, and family fun ideas.

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