Thursday, April 12, 2012

Water

Book Suggestions:

Water by Frank Asch
Water by Alice K. Flanagan
Water by Natalie M. Rosinsky
Water by Cassie Mayer
Water by Robin Nelson
Why Should I Save Water by Jen Green
Water Water Everywhere by Julie Aigner-Clark

Suggestions:

Paint with Water:
Materials: Water, paintbrush
Description: Let your toddler get creative painting on sidewalks or on the walls of your house using water and paintbrushes.
Skills Targeted: teach your toddler creativity, teach your toddler motor skill development

Water Play:
Materials: Water table or large buckets, water toys, measuring cups, spoons etc
Description: Fill a water table or a large bucket with water. Give your toddler a variety of water toys, squirt toys, measuring cups, spoons etc to play in the water. Talk with your little one about how the water feels.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot to play

Colored Water:
Materials: clear jars or glasses, water, food coloring
Description: Fill several clear jars with water. Have your little one put several drops of food coloring into each jar. Watch as the water changes color. What happens when you put more food coloring in? (The water color turns darker) What happens when you mix colors? Try these things with your toddler and talk about it with them. You could give your toddler a paintbrush and let them paint on a piece of paper with the different color water.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot language development, teach your tot to develop beginning science skills, teach your tot color recognition

Wash the Car:
Materials: bucket, soap, water, rags
Description: Have your toddler place several drops of soap into a bucket. Fill the bucket with water. What happens to the water? (It is soapy) Use the soapy water to wash a car with your toddler. Talk about all the different things that we can use water for, such as washing the car. Use clean water to wash all the soap off of the car.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to understand what water can be used for, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot language development, teach your tot to develop life skills, teach your tot to develop responsibility

Water Flowers and Plants:
Materials: Water
Description: Fill a bucket or watering can with fresh water. Have your toddler help you water all the flowers and plants around your house. As they do this, talk with your little one about things that water can be used for such as watering flowers. Talk with your little one about how plants (and humans) need water to grow.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to understand that plants need water to grow, teach your tot to understand different things that water can be used for, teach your tot to develop beginning science skills, teach your tot language development, teach your tot to develop life skills, teach your tot to develop a sense of responsibility, teach your tot motor skill development

Animals living in Water:
Materials: blue paint, pictures of sea animals, scissors, glue, a large piece of paper
Description: Talk with your toddler about water and what it looks like (what color is it?). Have your toddler paint a large piece of paper blue like the ocean or lake. See if your toddler can name some animals that live in the water. Show your little one pictures of sea animals (cut these animals out prior to doing this activity). When the blue paint dries, have your toddler glue the sea animals onto the painted water. You can add sea animals to your collage throughout the week, as your toddler thinks of other animals that live in the water.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to understand that animals live in the water, teach your tot to develop beginning science skills, teach your tot language development

Play in the Rain:
Materials: rain jacket, rain boots, umbrella
Description: On a rainy day, (be sure it is not lightning or too cold outside) take your toddler outside to play. Be sure that they are "equipped" for the rain, wearing a rain jacket, rain boots and an umbrella. Have your toddler touch the rain and tell you what it feels like. Talk with your toddler about why rain is so good (it gives the plants and animals a drink), and how it feels.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to play and investigate, teach your tot language development, teach your tot to develop beginning science skills

Take a Bath:
Description: Water is good for so many thing, including cleaning ourselves. As your child takes a bath this week, talk about how the water helps to clean us. Give your toddler bath toys to make bath time more enjoyable.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to understand what water is used for, teach your tot to develop beginning science skills, teach your tot language development, teach your tot motor development, teach your tot life skills

Brush your teeth:
Description: As your toddler brushes their teeth this week, talk to them about how we use water to help us clean our teeth.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot life skills, teach your tot to understand what water is used for, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot sensory development

What is Water Used For:
Materials: Camera, poster board, glue
Description: Throughout the week, take pictures of your toddler using water to wash the car, water plants, swim in, take a bath etc. Make a poster of all of the things that water is used for. Print and glue each picture to the poster and talk about each picture as your put it up.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot language development, teach your tot to understand what water is used for, teach your tot to develop beginning science skills

Play in Sprinklers:
Materials: hose, sprinkler
Description: Keep cool and have fun playing in a sprinkler with your toddler. Talk with your toddler about how the water feels and that it is watering the grass at the same time. Water helps keep us cool and gives plants a drink.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to develop beginning science skills, teach your tot sensory development, teach your tot language development, teach your tot to understand what water is used for

Songs and Fingerplay:

Water, Water:
Sung to the Tune of Jingle Bells:

Water, Water
Water, Water
Water everywhere
Water helps flowers grow
and helps me clean my hair.

Water, Water
Water, Water
Water is wet
I drink water everyday
and I like to splash in it and play.

Water:
Sung to the tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb

Water is good for us
Good for us, good for us.
Water is good for us.
Drink it everyday.

Water is good for plants.
Good for plants, good for plants.
Water is good for plants
Water them everyday.

Water helps keep us clean,
keep us clean, keep us clean.
Water helps keep us clean.
Wash with water everyday.

Online Fun:

Coloring:
Visit http://www.coloring.ws/for free printable coloring pages.

Rain

Videos:
Visit http://www.sesamestreet.org/ to view fun videos about water and more.

All About Water
Watering Plants
Water, Water Everywhere

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