Here are some of the ways water can be used throughout the curriculum.....
Science - floating and sinking
I put out two baskets with pictures showing items floating and sinking. The children are encouraged to test each item one at a time after guessing what will happen. They then they put the item in the corresponding basket. The results can then be counted and discussed.
Literacy - learning letters and our names
I wrote the childrens names and the letters of the alphabet on shells and put them in a fish bowl for the children to catch and identify. I added some green colouring to the water and some pebbles to make the activity a little more challenging.
Maths - counting
The children loved this activity. I put table tennis balls in the water trolley and added some spoons and a bowl. The children tried to pick up a ball with a spoon and transfer it to the bowl without dropping it. We then counted each ball we could get into the bowl.
Outdoor - water play
We change the contents of the water trolley each week to reinforce the topic we are talking about.
One water trolley is a natural looking pond that this week has had pebbles in it. The children added wood chips and we're pretending it was a giant bowl of soup!
Our other water vessel had pouring containers, funnels and tubes today which was a lot of fun.