Playing with water is not only a source of enjoyment, but it also helps in your child’s development. Water play involves using toys, buckets, containers and of course water, which your child can scoop, splash or pour with the above-mentioned tools.
Not only will your child stay occupied while playing with water, but he will also start to learn through fun hands-on play.
Following are some benefits of water play:
Water play helps to develop your child’s language. When playing with water and several tools with it, your child builds new vocabulary. During water play, you can stimulate your child’s language by teaching them words like water, spray and bucket. You can even have a conversation with them by using new vocabulary like “the bucket is full” or “the duck is floating”.
Develop gross motor skills
Gross motor skills involve the movement of those muscles in our arms, legs or torso. When your child is hustling back and forth carrying a bucket or dumping water, it helps in the development of their gross motor skills.
Water play is a great opportunity to help build a child’s social and emotional growth. It is a way for your child to learn to work with one or more children. During water play, your child takes turns and share the accessories with their friends.
Water play also helps your child to listen and take another person’s perspective into account. This helps them to develop empathy.
Develop fine motor skills
Water play helps in developing motor skills of your children. Their motor skills will increase when they are pouring, squirting or stirring the water. When a kid reaches out to feel the water trickle down his fingers, or when he grasps a bucket to fill it with water, this action will help him master the pincer grip, which will enable the child to hold a pencil at school.
Improve problem solving skills
Water play offers many opportunities for children to problem solve, explore and experiment. When they watch a toy sink or float, they will learn how and why these things happen. Or when they are experimenting with transferring water through different tools, they learn through trial and error.