Today we received our brand new water/sand/sensory trays. The children could not wait another moment! They quickly filled them with warm water and got down to the serious business of water play straight away!
Water play releases energy, it can be both invigorating or relaxing and calming for young children. It increases their ability to concentrate on one activity when presented as a tranquil and repetitive activity (scooping, pouring and running their hands through the water). Gentle water play allows them to unwind, order their thoughts and relax.
Water Play also gives so many opportunities to develop fine and gross motor skills across all the age ranges. Children will improve their hand eye coordination through actions like pouring, squirting, scrubbing, stirring and squeezing.
It also encourages role play and crucial social skills like cooperation and sharing. They learn to work with one another, to take turns and share the space and accessories with their friends.
WE LOVE OUR NEW TRAYS!