Teach Preschool in the news: Tools for waterplay

Teach Preschool in the news: Tools for waterplay

I was in the news again and this time my special guest was Addison! Addison helped me share a few fun tools you can use for water play…


Foam noodles are often found in the swimming pool but they can also be used for other types of play and learning. Next time you are at pool, try cutting up some noodles and doing these activities. Addison shows how to thread the noodles to make a noodle necklace…

Recently, my nephew and I made shapes with foam noodles in my driveway. Here he is jumping over the noodles…

And here, Wy is using the noodles to make form shapes in the driveway. Bambi (the dog is not helping:)…

I have seen many ideas from my fellow bloggers on what you can do with foam noodles. The Body Smart Blog has some ideas and you can also view the ideas I have collected on Pinterest!

Paintbrushes and Buckets

Another simple tool for waterplay is to set out a bucket of water and a paint brush…

Wy also liked painting water on his feet and legs in the hot sun…

Water Wall

Another tool for waterplay is a water wall.  I have seen some wonderful ideas posted on water walls and wanted to try making my own. I am going to post a second post that talks about my water wall and share links to other water walls too but in the mean time – here is a photo of my water wall in action – can you see the blue water? You can view the water wall works on my news segment below as well…


Foam shapes and water

In the news segment, Addison demonstrates how to dip foam shapes in water and put them on a small window. This was an idea shared by The Imagination Tree. I didn’t have a window with me in the Fox 59 News Studio so I used a small piece of clear plexiglass just to get the idea across. I also painted the back side of my water wall with water and the foam shapes stick nicely there too….

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  • Ruzanne Posted July 8, 2011 1:32 am

    Wow, Deb! The idea of noodles as playthings out of the pool is just awesome. Summer’s gonna be fun-er for the kids now, particularly because they’d like to be out all day! Cool ideas running in here. My first time, actually and already, I’ve had three to-do list thanks to you! Keep posting, Deb!

  • Little Wonders’ Days Posted July 8, 2011 7:45 am

    These all look fun! We’ll have to try some of your ideas for the pool noodles.

  • Becky Kim Posted July 8, 2011 8:18 am

    Pool noodles are great! I’ve cut them into pieces to use them for sponge painting for a whole preschool class. The flower shape is my favorite!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted July 8, 2011 11:10 am

    We haven’t painted with them yet – I will add it to my list of to dos!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted July 8, 2011 11:10 am

    The ideas keep coming in!

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted July 8, 2011 11:10 am

    LOL! It will be fun-er!

  • Child Care Aware(R) of Central Missouri Posted July 8, 2011 11:50 am

    Love these ideas! I have some old pool noodles, and I’d been pondering a way to use them. I also love the idea of using water to stick the foam shapes to things. Always looking for a way to bring creative (and math!) ideas outside.

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted July 8, 2011 12:36 pm

    It seems the use of pool noodles and foam shapes are endless!

  • Susan Posted July 9, 2011 3:27 pm

    I took your water wall idea one step further. I bought a piece of peg board about 3 ft by 2 ft and attached the bottles using a .5 inch screw and nut. Very simple. Peg board works very very well. Should last for a long time, easy to change out the bottles for more fun.

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted July 9, 2011 10:45 pm

    Oh my gosh – that was such a great idea! Going to try it too then next time I get a itch to be creative:)

  • Bethe Almeras Posted July 12, 2011 2:57 pm

    Thanks so much for featuring our Pool Noodle Games!

    Play on! – Bethe @HSBS_Play

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