13 More Things to do with Water

by Deb on September 2, 2010


Seeing I looked at energy last week, I thought I’d look at water this week.  I did a list of things to do with water almost exactly a year ago, if you add these ideas you’ll have even more games!

  1. Oil and water – Either make layers or put the two in a bottle with a tight lid to play with.  Another fun one for older babies if you add a drop of Layered liquidscolour to the water.
  2. Floating and sinking – Put different things in a puddle or small container to see which ones float or sink.
  3. Detergent mixing – Put a bit of water and a drop of detergent into a large bowl and let them go with hand beaters.  Or half fill a small bottle with a drop of detergent and close it tightly.  This one is good for babies as a type of rattle.
  4. Colour it – Put some in a clear bowl and watch through the side as you drip colour in and watch how it spreads out.  You can then paint with it.
  5. Currents – Push your hand through the water and watch how other things move without you touching them.
  6. Water wheel – Either a homemade one or a bought one, these are fun for every age.
  7. Containers – Pour water between containers.  This is really good if you can have containers the same size but different shapes, or the same shape but different sizes.
  8. Build landscapes – I love making little streams and watching how the water flows.  It’s almost hypnotic.  Streams
  9. Imaginative play – A few props can make imagination richer.  Play with boats, fish, merpeople or look for sunken treasure.  Pretend to be a raindrop!
  10. Sponges – Generally great fun squeezing them, seeing the bubbles and feeling the water coming out.  Or on a hot day throw them to (at?) each other for cool fun.
  11. Surface tension – There are all sorts of fun ways to play with the skin on top of the water
  12. Rainbows – with a glass of water or with a hose, put your finger over the end to make it spray in the sun and see the rainbow.
  13. Slip around – Spread a tarpaulin out somewhere safe and mix up a bit of detergent in a bucket of water, then pour it over.  Great fun to roll and slide around and a big change for crawling babies.

That’s 23 things to do with water all up.  What other games do you play with it?

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Heather September 2, 2010 at 12:58 pm

I wish I had space for a watery landscape, a nice little stream with maybe a small waterfall. Would be heaven!

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Cassie Thompson September 2, 2010 at 1:11 pm

I have actually been thinking about a good water experiment all week.
Hang on to some plastic drink bottles (or other suitable size container) and half fill them with water. Gather half a dozen different substances (flour, sugar, powdered milk, baking soda, talcum powder). Put a tablespoon (or so) of each substance into a bottle, cap it, and agitate.

Observe what the different substances do (ie. thicken, dissolve, fizz)


Deb September 2, 2010 at 1:38 pm

I love that! We’ve been collecting bottles for another project, but we are so doing this first!


Alice Audrey September 2, 2010 at 2:18 pm

This will provide hours of fun for the kids.


Anne September 2, 2010 at 6:08 pm

Number 13 sounds like a lot of fun!
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Harriet September 2, 2010 at 11:25 pm

Right now….I’m watching the water from the sky fall on to the water in my pool 🙁

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Pamela September 3, 2010 at 4:54 am

Definitely some rainy day science projects on this list!


Annie September 6, 2010 at 5:51 am

My boy discovered the other day that things look bigger when you put them in water, so we’ve been playing with that a bit.

He’s also been adding things to water and discovering what happens to them – ie milk powder dissolves and makes milk, cereal goes very soggy… We might try a few more this week.


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