Introducing Your Children to Water Activities

Children love to play in water. Some take to it faster than others, splashing in the bathtub even before they can sit up on their own. For others water play is an acquired taste, but it is one more opportunity to learn and experience the world around them.

Playing in the sand is also popular with toddlers and preschoolers, and playing with sand and water together can open up whole new worlds to young children who can use these simple materials as a means to fuel their imagination and explore their world.

Traditionally, small children have been introduced to sand and water play through sandboxes. Many parents may even remember playing in the sandbox themselves, but sitting in the sand, especially with other children still in diapers may not be the most hygienic choice for playing in the sand.

Instead, children can play at a sand and water table and get all the benefits older generations had in the sandbox without the increased risk of bladder infections or other health issues. While some precautions can be taken, standing at a sand and water table is a healthier choice and just as much fun.

Sand and water tables come in a variety of different styles with different levels of functionality. A sand and water table can be simply elevated sandbox, or full-fledged activity center toy. Children can use features such as a waterwheel, shovels, buckets, spoons, and molds for hours of fun.

Sand and water play can help develop both fine and large motor skills, a sense of balance, and help build social skills. It’s also been shown to have a calming effect on preschoolers- something any caregiver can appreciate from time to time.

Parents and caregivers can get in on the fun too, as they help toddlers pour water throughout the water wheel or dig rivers in the sand. However, after very little guidance, children are likely to take over with their own ideas on how to get the most fun out of their activity center toy.

Whether they are using this as a backyard toy or it as part of a daycare environment children will love playing at their sand and water table. It provides the right blend of imagination and structure to help children develop important skills, while at the same time they are simply enjoying themselves. And isn’t that what childhood is all about?

6 thoughts on “Introducing Your Children to Water Activities

  1. Gladys Parker

    I luv the sand and water table for a couple reasons. It isn’t always easy for some of us grandma’s to be level playing with the children if there as low as a sand box. The table makes this soo much easier and enjoyable!
    Gladys

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  2. Gladys Parker

    I was sitting here thinking how hot it is already, boy wouldn’t playing with the kids in the Splash and Scoop Bay give me the perfect excuse to cool down! Here from Newly Crunchy mama of 3!
    Gladys

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  3. Cheryl

    My grandson recieved the water wheel play table for his birthday. The table went together easily, however I was very disappointed in the boats that came with the table. The boats are three pieces that do not stay together nor do they float. As a step two, I would figure a one piece unit or something glued together. I would also expect if you wanted a sail on the boat, the bottom piece would be able to support the weight and not topple over. I tried to respond via the survey step two provided on the instruction sheet, the site came up error. Otherwise, the table is sturdy and provided fun anyway. Even for grandma.

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    1. Step2 Post author

      We apologize for any inconvenience, Cheryl. A customer service representative will be contacting you shortly.

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  4. Ani G W

    We love our step 2 water table. We are looking forward to using it on a daily basis this summer!

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