These days I only do activities with my kids that are super easy to set up and use materials around the house. I want them to have fun and play together and I also don't want to be shelling out a lot of money or spending more time setting something up than they will actually spend playing with it!
Our big plastic tubs for sensory bins are my favorite supplies we have at our house along with water and other random things! Easy to set up water play activities are usually a hit with all of my kids (ages 2 through 10) and get everyone moving, learning new things, and having fun!
10+ WATER PLAY IDEAS FOR TODDLERS (& BIGGER KIDS)
If you click on each activity title, it will take you to a longer post with a tutorial that includes materials and how to set it up quickly! I will be adding more activities to list as I find ones that we leave.
2. Duck Pond Water Play by Fantastic Fun and Learning
3. Match the Letters Sensory Bin (more details coming soon go here for a quick overview)
5. Water Play with Colored Ice by Gluesticks and Gumdrops
10. Animal Wash Sensory Bin by Little Bins for Little Hands
11. Pouring Station by Busy Toddler
WHY TRY OUT THESE SENSORY TUB IDEAS?
These water play sensory tub activities help kids with problem solving, fine motor skills practice, color recognition, letter recognition, counting, matching letters, pouring, scooping, along with helping them understand some simple concepts like sinking and floating and how gravity works.
They are also just plain fun and whenever I set one up, I am guaranteed some free time to relax and watch while the kids enjoy exploring the materials and water!
GET MORE IDEAS
If you like these activities, you may enjoy these 20 other favorite Water Play ideas for toddlers.