For this activity all you need is a kitchen sink, a chair, some fun things to play in the water with, and lots of patience to deal with a water mess! My toddler was so engaged in this activity that she spent 30-40 intense play minutes!! I love when she is engaged (and in ONE spot!!).
We started with filling up a bowl of water with soap (for bubbles) and a large stirring spoon. She loved stirring the water in the bowl and occasionally eating a spoon full of bubbles. I encouraged her not to eat the bubbles by saying, "Not for your mouth, you're going to have bubbles in your belly!" She didn't care and ate the bubbles anyway!
After stirring the bubbles wore off I filled up the entire sink and placed items around the sink that she could choose to play with. These items included bowls, cups, spoons, and forks. Some of the items were out of her reach. If she saw something she wanted she would begin to grunt, "un-un." This is an area we have been working on, using words, instead of a grunt. When she would grunt for something I would help her by giving her the words to say, such as, "Do you want the cup? Say cup please." If it was a word in her vocabulary she would say it, if not she would just say please. So we strategicially put some oral language learning into our play time.
Lastly, I pulled some bath toys out that float. We talked about the floating animals/items. We had so much fun, made a mess, and had to change all our clothes, but it was worth it!
This activity is appropriate for many ages. When I taught kindergarten I used a sand/water table in my classroom. If you have more then one child at home I would encourage you to pull up two chairs so the children can interact. This will encourage social interaction/learning, and SHARING!
This activity is done with parental supervision at all times due to a child standing on a chair and the risks that water include. Please supervise your child while they play (plus its so much fun to see what they do and say....you might just want to join the fun too!)
For more reading about the benefits of a water table please see the informational PDF below!
Benefits of Sand and Water Table PDF