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Korikori Wai - Water Play

On hot days, it's such a great way to cool off but there is much more to water play! Water Play provides hours of rich and valuable early childhood experiences to develop children's creativity and imagination. Lately the children in the Rising stars room have been enjoying exploring and experimenting with water.

We acknowledge that the environment is a teacher. Water play is both enjoyable and educational. It helps children develop eye-hand coordination and math and science concepts. It also enhances social skills and encourages cooperation

Water Play gives many opportunities to develop fine and gross motor skills across age ranges. Children will increase their fine motor skills and hand eye coordination through actions like pouring, squirting, scrubbing, stirring and squeezing and splashing.

Water play allows children to explore a substance and make discoveries about it. Observing a branch or paper float or sink will teach them, in a very practical way, how and why things happen. But above all it encourages them to use their imagination, develops creative thinking which plays an important role in problem solving.

Imagine the discussions you can have asking what they are doing.

Imagine then, the number of new words they will learn while having fun with water and having conversations about it! Trough, Damp, Depth, Drain, Flow, Drenched, Drizzle, Sieveā€¦

At strategic moments during play with water, the teachers will ask intentional questions to extend children's thinking, expand their memory and use evidence to support their ideas.

Water play releases energy, it can be both invigorating or relaxing and calming for young children.

It increases their ability to concentrate on one activity when presented as a tranquil and repetitive activity (scooping, pouring and running their hands through the water). Gentle water play allows them to unwind, order their thoughts and relax.

It also encourages role play and crucial social skills like cooperation and sharing.

The Rising stars children learn to work with one or several children, to take turns and share the space and accessories with their friends.

Water Play builds the foundation for understanding various scientific concepts. Did you know we use water play to teach basic mathematics? It will introduce children to terms such as Full, Empty, Half, Less. We will measure, compare volumes and observe motion, Science is everywhere around us.

So many amazing learning opportunities for children to develop while exploring the properties of water, over the coming months your children will have ample opportunities to engaging in water play so make sure to pack spare clothes in their school bags.

Whaea Channelle - Rising Stars