Toddlers and water play go together like peanut butter and jelly. And, summer is the perfect time for lots of water play. Here are some fantastic ideas for incorporating literacy ideas into your toddler’s water play.
We don’t expect toddlers to memorize all the letters of the alphabet, but it is perfectly appropriate to use letters in their play. You’ll be amazed at how many letters little ones will pick up through their hands-on interaction with the alphabet. All of the activities are meant to be playful and child-centered.
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9 TODDLER WATER LITERACY PLAY IDEAS
#1 Drop the fish in the “sea” while singing this color fish song.
#2 Floating Letters from Busy Toddler incorporates ABC water play with hand-eye coordination.
#3 Work on alphabet recognition through this playful ducky activity in the water table, pool, or bathtub.
#4 This Alphabet Ping Pong activity can be adapted for many ages. Toddlers will enjoy catching the letter balls. Together, name each letter.
#5 Toddlers will also love to wash the ABC dishes.
#6 Little ones water these ABC flowers in this Flower Watering Activity from Mom Inspired Life.
#7 Strengthen fine motor skills with this water and baster idea from Teaching 2 & 3 Year-Olds.
#8 Grab the paintbrushes for this water letter painting activity from Coffee Cups & Crayons.
#9 Kids will love this water rubber stamping idea from How Wee Learn.
Let the kids splash, play and learn this summer with these water play literacy ideas!
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