13 - 15 Months

Month 13: Art, science, and fine motor: water play checks all the boxes

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We have yet to meet a toddler who doesn’t love water. It feels good, it’s fascinating to watch, and it changes shape according to the container it’s in. Here are some ways to further explore the intriguing properties of water.

INVESTIGATING WATER INSIDE:

Play with sponges

Show your toddler how to squeeze out the water, then have them try. Natural sponges are especially interesting because of their varied textures, shapes, and sizes.

Water painting

Water painting is simple: all you need are paint brushes, some water, and a dry surface like construction paper or a chalkboard.

Bathtime

Show your toddler how water drips at different rates in the bath. Funnels, squeeze bottles, basters, Lovevery drip drop cups, and eye droppers all show how water can flow in different ways. 

Freeze little figures or small toys inside ice cubes

Then you can melt them in warm water to free the toy inside. You can also make ice cubes with food coloring.

Floating and sinking

Experiment with objects that float and sink, like rocks, a feather, the Lovevery Opposite Balls, pom poms, and cups (both empty and full).

INVESTIGATING WATER OUTSIDE:

Paint with water outside

Get a tub of water and some bigger brushes and paint on the pavement or a fence.

Use the sprinkler

Turn on the sprinkler and have your toddler stand under it, holding an umbrella. Then take away the umbrella to show your toddler how the barrier prevents the water from dropping to the ground. Set the umbrella upside down on the ground and your toddler can watch the water collect inside of it.

Water play with tools

Take a large shallow storage bin outside and fill with a little bit of water; toss in scoops, droppers, cups, and other toys.

Ice cube play

Fill a big bowl of water with some ice cubes to melt. Let your toddler explore the fascinating properties of ice, like, texture, temperature, and shape. Use words like cold, melt, and slippery to help them build vocabulary.

Splash, Sink, Float

Have your toddler throw sticks and rocks in a lake or pond and talk about how they splash, then sink or float.

Never leave your toddler alone near water. Toddlers can drown in as little as two inches of water, so constant supervision is critical. 

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Posted in: 13 - 15 Months, Science, Real World Play, Water Play, Playtime & Activities, Child Development

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