Water Works LIVE! May 11 - 15
This week, we’re exploring the Water Works exhibit! Join us as we explore the world of water through activities, stories, a virtual gallery, and lots of free resources.
Water play is beneficial for supporting the development of sensory, creativity, and scientific inquiry skills.
Science experiences and scientific inquiry allow children to develop a wide range of skills that affect their holistic development. Our Water Works exhibit and programs provide opportunities for children to use their creativity, explore the movement of water, and engage in sensory experiences through water play.
- Cognitive Development – Children explore using the scientific method, using critical thinking skills, stimulating their curiosity, and building independence by taking an active role in their learning.
- Language Development – Science inquiry provides opportunities to learn new vocabulary, ask questions and seek information, and engage in conversations about what they are observing and doing.
- Motor Skills – Children practice grasping and holding materials in their hand and fingers to explore objects and tools such as pipettes, water droppers, and other manipulatives.
Planting a Seed: A few points from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) to keep in mind when your child is engaging in water play:
- Value your child’s questions and find the answers together.
- Sometimes exploration is messy, so keep in mind children are likely to get dirty when they explore materials.
- Learn from mistakes together.
- Invite curiosity and show the value in exploration, by asking questions that begin “I wonder why…?”
- Use items you have at home to experiment and explore.
This week’s activities (all Facebook Live sessions at 10:30 AM):
A block of wood, a rubber boot, a bowling ball? Which of these do you think will float and which will sink? David, our Director of Exhibits, demonstrates the properties of solids, density, and buoyancy, in our Water Works exhibit.
Wrap up the week with a Facebook Live as Vito reads Water, by Frank Asch.
Home Zone highlights:
- Arte Absorbente (en español)
- Absorb & Repel
- Boating Brigade
- Sunny Day Painting
- Sea Shapes, by Suse MacDonald
- Nadie Como Tú, by Linda Kranz, Translation by Teresa Mlawer (en español)
- Pattern Fish Read Aloud
Story Time selections:
Family & Teacher Resources:
- Today’s Parent: What Toddlers Learn from Water Play
- Tinkergarten Spring Outdoor Play Activities
- Animals love water too! Check out the animals at the Shedd
- Illinois Early Learning Water Play Tips
- Discovery Museum Water Drop Races Activity
- Where Does the Water Go? Children’s Pipe Project