Playing with water and splashing around is good for tamariki, and it doesn’t just have to be at bathtime. Set up the sprinkler and run through it or make it into a fun game.

Why do it?

  • Playing with water provides multiple opportunities for open-ended play.
  • It can promote language, cognitive and sensory activities.
  • Water play can be calming, exciting or require focus and concentration.
  • It also supports hand–eye coordination.
turned on sprinkler
turned on sprinkler

How to do it

You’ll need: a hot day, a patch of lawn, a sprinkler, your togs.

  • Easy fun: Set up the sprinkler and run through it!
  • Water Olympics: Have baton relays, jump the sprinkler or play catch!
  • Play freeze: Run and dance around the lawn and through the sprinkler, until the leader yells ‘Freeze!’. 
  • Car wash: Pretend you are cars zooming through the water to get clean!

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