Moving Water Sensory Activity for Preschoolers

If you’re looking for a water sensory activity for preschoolers, then look no further. Here’s one that uses everyday objects to introduce the concept of moving water in a fun, easy to understand way. 

moving water sensory activity with text: Moving Water Preschool Science STEAM StationCan you believe that next week is Thanksgiving already? This year is literally flying by. And to think, it won’t be long and I’ll probably be saying the exact same thing about Christmas. Lol…

preschooler stirring moving water sensory bin
This week, we had lots of fun exploring transportation by air and water and one of our favorite activities was this cool Moving Water Sensory Activity. It was one of the five STEAM Station ideas for the week. And as always, the little guy had a blast with it.

preschooler stirring water with metal whisk
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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.

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. 

preschooler using metal spoon to stir water in sensory bin
Moving Water Sensory Activity for Preschoolers

Set Up

  • Set out a tub of water.
  • Put a variety of plastic lids, leaves, and other objects in the water and investigate how they move.
  • Set out spoons and whisks to use in the water.

Big Questions

  • How can you make water move?
  • What does it look like?
  • How can you create big ripples in the water?
  • How can you make small ripples?
  • What happens to the objects in the water when it’s moving?

This activity was great for learning about cause and effect. One of the things that I asked the little guy when we were finished was how do you make the objects move slowly? And of course how do you make them move quickly?

preschooler stirring water for moving water sensory bin
By the time we wrapped things up, he more or less had it all figured it out. I’m not surprised, though. Mother Goose Time makes it easy to teach difficult topics to little kids.

The activities that are included each month are quick to set up and flexible enough to work with what we’re already doing. It’s definitely less of a curriculum and more of lifestyle.

preschooler picking up object from moving water sensory bin
We usually leave our STEAM Stations out for at least a few days. Sometimes, all week. These Investigation Stations have a lot to do with why he loves science. Each week, we’re doing hands-on, sensory activities and exploring important science topics in totally new ways.

preschooler scooping objects from moving water sensory bin
Don’t forget to stop by next week if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to with our Transportation Station theme. And if you missed this year’s preschool homeschool space post, you can check it out here.

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!

MGT-Blog-Transparent-300x300As a Mother Goose Time blog ambassador, I receive the Mother Goose Time 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. #mgtblogger

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moving water sensory activity with text: Preschool Sensory Moving Water Investigation Station