Water play and PSRN
- Capacity; 'How many of these will this fill?'.
- A family of frogs and ducks encourages children to talk about size and number.
- Water trays with collections of different objects to use imaginatively. Providing a cosy space on the floor for 2 or 3 children will encourage their sharing and use of language.
- Using containers of varying sizes to fill and pour.
- The children are using brushes of varying shapes to paint with water.
- 'Painting' different surfaces lets children see what happens to water as well as giving experiences of area.
- Outdoors water can be allowed to flow further, tools can be larger.
- Pouring water along channels, how much is needed? Where will it go?
Sand and water play supports mathematical thinking and learning in ways that go way beyond counting or learning about measures. Children learn about cause and effect and object permanence.