Do the children in your program bring a water bottle to use throughout the day? Do they have trouble keeping track of it or do you find they take up table space? BJ Richards has an excellent idea for storing water bottles that she uses in her program that allows the children to easily access and put away their water bottle throughout the day. This fabric shoe organizer is inexpensive and takes up very little space as it can hang right on the back of a door or on the wall.
Fill a bucket or other container with water and give toddlers a variety of different types of paintbrushes. Have children paint with the water on the sidewalk or even on a wooden fence. They can paint shapes, letters, pictures, or even just cover the whole space. It can be interesting to watch how the sun dries the water painting and then they can do it all over again!
Give children a spray bottle with water or a small container of water with a brush so they can wet a window. Have a variety of foam shapes that children can stick to the window to create scenes or patterns. You can buy pre-cut shapes or you can cut out your own shapes from fun foam sheets, both of which are relatively inexpensive at the craft store.
Goal: Children will enjoy sensory play with water while creating patterns or scenes with shapes.