Our youngest class (Hedgehogs Class) love exploring water. Water play releases energy, it can be both invigorating or relaxing and calming for young children.
We have noted that water play really increases their ability to concentrate on one activity when presented as a tranquil and repetitive activity (scooping, pouring and running their hands through water). Gentle water play allows the children to unwind, order their thoughts and relax. It also encourages role play and crucial social skills like cooperation and sharing which is a big focus in Hedgehogs class.
The children soon learn to work with one or several of their peers, to take turns and share the space and equipment with those around them.
We really love seeing the interactions that the children have around our water play activities indoors and out in their extended classroom areas and play ground. There are a lot of bonds growing between the children. What an easy way to get them socially and emotionally ready to transition to their new classes in September!