Monday, July 26, 2010

After-dinner water play

We've used the time after dinner several times lately to provide some water play for Quinn. It is perfect timing for us because we can focus on getting the dishes finished and she is very engaged in her own project. We fill a metal bowl with a bit of water and then provide different containers for pouring and ladeling and spooning of the water. This also helps at mealtime--when she wants to play in her water in her cup--stick her fingers in, etc., we can remind her she can play with water AFTER dinner, but the water in her cup is for drinking.
Water play supports fine motor development, the concept of volume, science skills, and allows the child to practice cleaning up with a dry rag after they are finished!
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