With temperatures climbing up to the 40's this week, I'm thinking a post on water play is needed to cool us all down.
Early childhood centres all over are finding creative ways to add water to their playscapes.
A valuable addition to any Australian playscape (fingers crossed ours will arrive this term!), water tanks not only provide water for outdoor play but teach children about water conservation.
Pop on over to Irresistible Ideas for Play Based Learning to read Make it Irresistible: Install a Water Tank.
This inspired cast-iron pump and jerry rigged water run at Woodland Park Co-op is filled with water using the blue rain barrel in the background.
|Image: Teacher Tom|
|Image from Preschool Daze|
A creek meanders through the play area linking the rainwater tank, the sandpit and the frog pond at Kensington Gardens Preschool:
A custom water play sculpture set into the sand area:
Fresh water pumps with troughs and tubes:
Sand and water play areas with children pumping their own water into sand pits:
|Katoomba Preschool @ Ric Mcconaghy|
|Abbortsford Long Day Care Centre @ Ric Mconaghy|
|Joey Club @ Ric Mcconaghy|
For more information on adding water to your playscape you might like to take a look at these links:
::: Water, Water Everywhere by Rusty Keeler
::: Wonderful Water Play - Irresistible Ideas for Play Based Learning
You could have the grandest water feature this side of the Mississippi or the simplest water sprinkler hooked up to a garden hose. The important thing is that you are providing children with the opportunity to interact with water. Rusty Keeler.