This month's All Things Kids series is Learning Through Water Play. Water play offers so many different ways for the kids to learn. It is also fun! Today, myself and fellow ATK bloggers, will bring you different ideas for water play with the kids. Today I am sharing a fun and easy Simple Addition Water Play Activity for the Kids. My 5 yr worked on his addition, my 3yr worked on counting, and my 1yr had a lot of fun sitting in the water bin and observing the older boys. A fun afternoon playing and learning for them all.
What we used:
large under the bed storage bin
multi colored bowls from IKEA
multi colored ice from Target. You can also find them at the dollar stores.
Our Set Up:
I added warm water to the water bin. Even though it is HOT here, baby brother always wants to sit inside, so I make it a little warm to start for him. I then took a ziploc bag full of frozen plastic ice cubes outside for the kids to add to the water bin. While they did that, I wrote out simple addition problems for my oldest to figure out. I used chalk on the deck. The chalk would wash off easy.
I mentioned it was hot. A great day for an ice cream during playtime.
What we did:
I got those plastic ice cubes out for a reason. I went over the addition problem with big brother. Then had him count out the answer in ice cubes. This gave him a chance to see what 2+2= 4 looked like.
Once he did the first addition problem he got excited and could not wait to figure out the next one and count out the number of ice cubes he needed for the answer. Little brother was helping and counting out ice cubes too. Baby brother was running around the deck with ice cubes in hand.
Once we finished with our simple addition activity it was free playtime! The best playtime ever. I set the water bin up close the the Water Wall. Once we finished with our learning activity they went to pouring water down the tubes.
Head over to the Homepage to link up your fun water play ideas. I will put together a round up and feature my favorites. Cant wait to see all the wonderful ideas. The Homepage also has the links to all the other posts in this series. You DO NOT want to miss those!
Happy Playtime from Jaime of FSPDT
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