When children play in the water, they develop gross motor skills… ?VIDEO

Splashing in the bath, pouring water from the cups again and again and, of course, swimming! Water games are a huge hit with babies and toddlers and are a great way to distract a fussy toddler with a new activity or just splash around in hot weather. Want to dive into water play with your child? Here’s exactly what the term means, a few ways to encourage it, and some important safety tips. Grab some towels and your bathing suit and get ready for some wet and wild fun!

What is water play? Playing with water is exactly what it sounds like – H2O plus any suitable items that can be used for scooping, pouring, splashing and more. All you need is a few plastic cups (no glass please!), buckets, sponges, and light toys to float on the surface of the water. Older children can use large spoons, plastic eyedroppers, mini watering cans, and other containers that require more dexterity.

For water play, have your child sit on the lawn, on the patio, or in an area where you don’t mind getting wet (the laundry room or basement is ideal). Line the space with old towels, put a hat on your little one if she’s outside, and then let her go to town.