Water play nature hunt with a three year old

Water play nature hunt with a three year old

Water play is always a hit with my nephew Wy. I bought these little squirt bottles at the dollar store and pulled them out for Wy to play with…

Wy and I played a game with the water bottles as we took a little nature walk around the yard. Each time Wy would find something laying on the ground and squirt it, I would call out the name of the object…

The goal for me was to help Wy continue to build his vocabulary and reinforce the pronunciation of those words in a simple, fun way. The goal for Wy was to spray water on as many things as he could find…

After awhile, I modified the game and began to call out the name of an object for Wy to find, kind of like an “I  Spy” scavenger hunt. I would ask Wy, “Can you squirt the tree?”and Wy would run over and spray water on the tree…

Wy sprayed bushes, rocks, leaves, flowers, grass, my car, and eventually sprayed me too…

Wy’s favorite thing to squirt were the leaves on the driveway which also helps to build eye-hand coordination skills as well as strengthen his fine motor skills…

This was a great outdoor activity that invites play and at the same time, naturally promotes all kinds of development and learning…

Here are some other fun ideas for going on a nature walk…

A Nature Walk from Creative Connections for Kids

Nature Scavenger Hunt from Sun Scholars

Six Ideas for Exploring Nature with Kids from Not Just Cute

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  • My Oatmeal Kisses Posted June 12, 2011 11:27 pm

    I love how you made water a part of vocabulary! So fun and cute!

  • Joan Posted June 13, 2011 10:11 am

    Love this, Deborah ! The simplest things make the best activities for young children! I live very close to a School Supply Store and really love all the educational gadgets that they sell there. Unfortunately, those products are very expensive. I love to window shop there and get ideas. Then I take those ideas and adapt them to a “dollar store” budget. Love your water bottles which can provide many hours of fun in so many ways!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted June 13, 2011 10:39 am

    I love all the gadgets at the school supply store too! They need to have a school supply dollar store:)

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted June 13, 2011 10:40 am

    Wy is really starting to talk up a storm but I can’t always understand him so this was one way to help work on his speech just a bit – or my listening skills:)

  • Amanda Morgan Posted June 13, 2011 2:26 pm

    Fun idea, Deborah! Thanks for the link as well!

  • Debi Posted June 13, 2011 3:47 pm

    What an easy – and fun – way for even the littlest of explorers to get outside and connect with nature. Thanks for sharing!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted June 13, 2011 7:11 pm

    You are welcome Amanda:)

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted June 13, 2011 7:11 pm

    Super easy and super fun:)

  • Sherri@FoodBasics101 Posted June 13, 2011 11:17 pm

    Hello! I found you through Basilmomma’s Blog Hop. What a neat kid’s activity! Have a great day! Sherri

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  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted June 13, 2011 11:48 pm

    HI Sherri,
    Thanks so much for dropping by!

  • angelique felix Posted June 15, 2011 2:19 am

    same thoughts we have Deborah! We had the same kind of afternoon yesterday here at my place 😉 Lovely pics and activity, Chanel is 5 but got carried away immensely.

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