Waterplay their way

Waterplay their way

When I first began planning the opening of my own preschool, I knew that it was essential that I have a water table and as it turns out, I was right! Waterplay is such an important part of our classroom experience almost every single day…

Waterplay Their Way by Teach Preschool

I had my husband build me a water table with three individual water tubs. I am not sure why I chose to design the water table like I did but it has worked out wonderfully…

Waterplay Their Way by Teach Preschool

I change up the water table with different tools for play and color of water and other ideas all the time to keep it interesting but to be honest with you, I could probably just fill it with plain old water and a few cups for pouring and the children would still find it relaxing, engaging, and fun…

Waterplay Their Way by Teach Preschool

We keep the large three tub water table in our outdoor classroom but sometimes, we need to bring water into our indoor classroom too.  Rather than lugging the entire table indoors, I just set out a tub of water on one of our tables for waterplay and that works just as well too…

Waterplay Their Way by Teach Preschool

The water tub and the water table are really what I would describe as “waterplay my way” in that I chose the container and planned ahead of time what tools for play would be available in the water table or water tub…

Waterplay Their Way by Teach Preschool

My younger students love waterplay so much that even when there isn’t a watertub in the classroom or we aren’t headed outside to the outdoor classroom, they come up with other ways to explore water. I have just had to follow their lead and let them enjoy waterplay their way. The first time the children asked me for some water, all I had on hand were my trays so I offered them a cup of water in a tray to play in and they brought the animals over from the block area and begin to play…

Waterplay Their Way by Teach Preschool

The next time they asked for a tray of water, the children added blocks and animals…

Waterplay Their Way by Teach Preschool

And then there was the day that one child asked for water but my trays were not available so I asked if a dish would do and he was thrilled…

Waterplay Their Way by Teach Preschool

Soon a few more children wanted a dish of water so I set them up…

Waterplay Their Way by Teach Preschool

And before long, everyone wanted to play in a dish of water so I set out an entire table of petri dishes, animals, and sponges for waterplay their way…

Waterplay Their Way by Teach Preschool

And the children sat and explored the waterplay along with the tools for play their way too…

Waterplay Their Way by Teach Preschool

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2 Comments

  • Nicole Posted June 5, 2017 12:39 pm

    I can’t get enough of your site and information !! I am beginning to teach a 3-4 yr old preschool class in Aug and you have been so inspirational !! Your style really gels with mine! I am really loving the sensory bins and trying to get as many ideas as I can .. can you tell me what and how you did the letters in the above water table? And I did your whole video series on songs and I purchased all your cds they are amazing !! It was exactly what I was needing ! I currently have a 2 hr commute to work and sing and learn the songs as I drive!! Thank you for sharing your amazing knowledge and ideas!! They are brilliant 😀

  • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted June 5, 2017 12:50 pm

    Hi Nicole! I simply attached the letters to the bottom of the tub by covering them with clear packing tape or I might have used clear contact paper so they would stick to the bottom and not tear up once the water was added. I hope that helps and I am so so so glad you enjoyed the music. What a great use of your travel time too!!

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