Squeeze the Boat Activity for Toddlers & Preschoolers

Practice creative thinking, problem-solving, and fine motor skills with this quick & easy Squeeze the Boat Activity for Toddlers and Preschoolers! All you need is a few bowls and sponges and of course water. You’re definitely not going to want to miss it! 

collage of Squeeze the Boat Activity images with text overlay: Squeeze the Boat Activity for Toddlers & PreschoolersTalk about an awesome weekend full of sunshine and lots of fun! We’ve been doing activities outside and it’s been a blast! Today was especially hot, which meant the perfect opportunity for some Treasure Island fun with this Squeeze the Boat Activity for Toddlers & Preschoolers. 

toddler squeezing sponge into bowl of water
What could be a better way to cool off this summer than practicing creative thinking, problem-solving and fine motor skills with this quick & easy water activity? All you need is a few bowls and sponges and of course water. 

toddler putting sponges into bowl of water
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A huge thanks to Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) for providing us with their Experience Preschool curriculum for free in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. It’s been such a huge blessing to us! As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own.

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Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best mama judgement when planning activities for your little kids. 

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Large watercraft are generally called ships while smaller watercraft are generally called boats. The first known boat dates back to ancient Egyptians and was made from the papyrus plant. 

toddler dumping bowl of water
I’m seriously in love with these little bits of information that are in our Teacher Guide for each topic. We actually learned about the ancient Egyptians this year during one of the little guy’s history lessons. And you know what? I love seeing him make connections between Experience Preschool and what we’ve already learned.

toddler and preschooler exploring Squeeze the Boat Activity using sponges and bowls of water


Squeeze the Boat Sensory Activity 

What you’ll need

  • Sponges
  • Bowls
  • Water

toddler squeezing sponge into sensory bin
Here’s how to do it

  • Place one bowl with water and one empty bowl on the tray with the sponges. 
  • Encourage the child to put a sponge in the water and let it soak. Then, squeeze the water from the sponge into another bowl.
  • How many squeezes are needed to move the water from one bowl to the other? 

preschooler dumping bowl of water
This was such a wonderful idea and just one of the many reasons why I make a point of purchasing the Little Goose Toddler Teacher Guidebook each month.

toddler pouring water from bowl into sensory bin
It’s a play-based supplement that adapts the activities in the preschool curriculum to be developmentally appropriate for baby girl and of course she loves having her very own preschool activities just like her big brother.  

toddler picking up bowl of water with sponge in it
Don’t forget to check back if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to next week with our Treasure Island theme from Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time). And if you missed it, check out this year’s preschool homeschool space post.

Looking for more insight & inspiration? Here are the top 10 most popular posts from The Keeper of the Memories. You’re definitely not going to want to miss these!

Experience Early Learning Early Childhood Education Verified Blogger badge with owlAs an Experience Early Learning Blog Ambassador, I receive the Experience Early Learning Preschool curriculum in exchange for my honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own. Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best mama judgement when planning activities for your little kids. #preschool #homeschool #mgtblogger

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