Preschoolers love water. Give them a tub of water and a cup and they will fill and pour water over and over again. So why not add on to this with some fun hands-on learning? I’ve put together 15 fun water activities for preschoolers. Activities that allow them to:
These activities can be done year round, in the classroom or at home. With one child or many children.
And they are easy. We like that!
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15 Fun Water Activities for Preschoolers
Color Sorting: This activity not only builds color recognition skills, but fine motor, too!
Water Squeezing: Have you ever used turkey basters in your water table? This is a favorite with our preschoolers! (Our toddlers love it, too.)
Transferring Water: Once young children can master turkey basters, they are ready for pipettes. This fine motor activity is also nice for calming down energetic children.
Washing with Water: Add small sponges to soapy water, along with some favorite toys to wash. In this particular activity, we used our collection of rubber ducks.
Kitchen Water Xylophone: Fill jars with various amounts of water and notice how different they sound. (Sugar, Spice and Glitter)
Leak-Proof Bag: Stick pencils through a plastic bag filled with water and it won’t leak! (Paging Fun Mums)
Keeping Paper Dry Science Activity: This water science idea will be like magic to preschoolers! (Pleasantest Thing)
Soapy Sea Foam Sensory Play: The colors in this activity are beautiful! Just add shells and ocean animals and pretend you are at the ocean. (Two-Daloo)
Pool Noodle Boat Fun: What a fun idea to use cut pieces of pool noodles as boats for the water table! (FSPDT)
Floating Chalk Prints: Wonder what happens when you shave colored chalk and add it to a pan of water? And then place a piece of paper on top? Try this activity and find out! (Picklebums)
Water Wall: You can make a homemade water wall for the backyard that your children will love! (Little Bins for Little Hands)
Bottle Caps and Water: Fill caps with water using pipettes. Another fun way to work on those fine motor skills! (Fantastic Fun and Learning)
Sink or Float: Collect items from nature and see which ones sink and float. (Laughing Kids Learn)
Experiment with the Changing Shape of Water: Find out what happens when water is poured into different shaped containers. (Stir the Wonder)
How Many Drops of Water Fit on One Penny: This activity will add some fun STEM into your day! (Our Whimsical Days)
What are your preschooler’s favorite water activities?
More fun ideas to try: