Monday, March 19, 2012

Fun with Water!

In How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way, Tom Seldin suggests providing children with a water activity for fun. He suggests setting up the water station in an area where spills can easily be cleaned up. It was a beautiful day outside, so Daddy took Q-ball out to explore the water!

He filled a large bowl (we used an upside down cake cover, so that it would provide a large, flat, stable surface) with water and placed it in front of Q-ball. He placed 2 plastic cups and 2 silicon prep cups within arm's reach and let her figure out how to use the materials.

Now, Seldin also recommends, "[establishing] and [enforcing] some basic ground rules such as no splashing," but some activities are just more fun with less emphasis on practical life and more emphasis on exploration.

Q-ball loved splashing, dipping the different sized cups into the water, and, of course, tasting!  As Seldin states elsewhere in his book, "As long as objects are clean and safe, you don't need to limit this experience- your baby will decide what tastes good and what doesn't."  This has pretty much become my mantra, and Q-ball has certainly tested its limits! For this activity, I deemed grass and leaves as "clean..."

Montessori Monday


  1. She looks thrilled! I totally agree that grass and leaves are clean ;)

  2. What fun ... and a great learning activity, too! Thanks so much for linking up with Montessori Monday. I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page and pinned it to my Babies - Activities and Ideas Pinterest board at

  3. Thanks so much! I've really enjoyed participating in Montessori Mondays!

  4. My son loved water play when he was Q-ball's age. I'm totally with you on the leaves and grass being 'clean'. Goblin used to like sucking pebbles too - he never swallowed them although that may have been more luck than judgement.
    A sponge is a fun addition to baby water play

  5. Parentinginthemoment@gmail.comJune 26, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    Great sensory activity! Wheels still loves water play, and he is 2.5 :)

  6. Kim @ The Educators Spin On ItSeptember 20, 2012 at 5:02 AM

    This is such a fun and simple way to create a water table for hours of fun! I just linked it up to our post about water fun with babies and toddlers. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Thanks so much! What an honor! I've always enjoyed following your blog!


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