Water Play

Sensory Explorations
Science Activities
Hints & Tips
Laughing Out Loud!
About Brighteyes Learning




**see below for extended directions.



  • **Sink or float (use different size containers with a variety of items)
  • Puddle jumping
  • Make your own rainbows (Strong sun and a spray of water)
  • Slip and slide (for older children-- you only need garbage bags a bit of dish soap and water)
  • **Rain dance (on a clear day have someone off to one side with a hose aimed up over their heads)
  • Rain shower (just hold hose pointing up)
  • Wet chalk painting
  • Sprinkler jump rope (works best with spigot sprinkler or just hold regular one on its side)
  • Water races (filling up bottles or milk jugs use a spoon, turkey bastes. Etc...)
  • Knock empty water bottles off a ledge or table with a hose 
  • **Color changing water
  • Water slide (just tape or hold hose on slide)
  • Splash fights
  • Water toss (fill a vinyl glove with water or plastic bags sealed tight)
  • Bike wash
  • Washing windows








Rain dance


  • Drum
  • Rain stick
  • Hose
  • Sneaky adult


-- Discuss how there was a time when people did not know where the rain came from.


-- Also how there was a time when they believed if they performed a certain dance they could make it rain themselves.


-- Ask if they think if they could make it rain by dancing

“Lets find out”


-- The Drum is for the thunder

The rain stick is the rhythm of the rain


-- Demonstrate dancing in a circle and invite the children to join in


-- Have the “sneaky” adult go to the side of the building or tree with the hose


-- After dancing around the circle a couple of times say “I think it looks like it’s going to rain”


-- At this cue the “sneaky adult turns on the “rain” aiming above their heads so water comes down like rain.



Color changing water


  • Clear cups
  • Food coloring
  • Water


-- Pour water into cups

-- Let water settle

-- Add 1-2 drops of coloring

-- Watch

-- How long does it take for all of the water to change colors?

-- What does the drop of color do?

-- With a cup that has yellow coloring

-- Let settle then add a drop of blue or green

-- What happens?


Still can't find what you were looking for? Have a comment or suggestion? Just fill out the form below and I will do my best to fill your request!

Email address:

Copyright (c) 2005

The purpose of Brighteyes Learning is to be a resource for early childhood educators and parents. You are welcomed to use any materials found on the Brighteyes Learning sites. It is recommended that you read an activity completely and try it at least once before using in your classroom. Some activities may not be suitable for some people. These activities are to be used at your own discretion. Brighteyes Learning gives no guarantees. As always, it is the process not the product that counts! Brighteyes Learning is willing to adapt any activity for special needs, just email brighteyeslearning2@yahoo.com to request the adaptation.

All recipes located on the Brighteyes Learning sites are originals or adapted to the Brighteyes Learning format. All Rebus recipes are Brighteyes Learning originals that have been adapted from text recipes (as mentioned). Any product images, book images, character images associated with Brighteyes Learning recipes retain their original copyrights. Brighteyes Learning does not claim these as their own.

Brighteyes graphic was listed as public domain as a tutorial. All other images contained on Brighteyes Learning sites are; collage images from Brighteyes Learning, public domain (under the condition of being freely shared never sold), photobucket, cloverkids.com, free graphics.com, DiscoverySchool.com, nvtech.com. science graphic is from http://www.garyharbo.com/free.html In some instances, original author is unknown (as is the source). Every attempt has been made to find the original author of an image. Every attempt is made to give proper credit to an image. If you find an image that is your own original (copyrighted) piece of work, please contact Brighteyes Learning at brighteyeslearning2@yahoo.com. Brighteyes Learning will give proper credit or remove image as per owner’s request.


"Clip art licensed from the Clip Art Gallery on DiscoverySchool.com"