Earth’s Water Sensory Tray Play Activity

Practice problem solving and fine motor skills while teaching little kids how to reduce, reuse, and recycle with this quick & easy Earth’s Water Sensory Tray Play Activity. You’re definitely going to want to check it out! 

collage of water play images with text: Earth's Water Sensory Play Activity for Little KidsThe days are getting shorter and it’s starting to get cooler. We wake up in the mornings and can already feel the slightest hint of fall. Next month our new homeschool year starts, but today we’re learning more about saving the planet with this awesome Earth’s Water Sensory Tray Play Activity.

The little guy and baby girl have been really enjoying the mud kitchen this summer and this activity fits perfectly with everything we’ve been learning in our “outdoor classroom.”

toddler using eyedropper in sensory bin
To reduce means limiting your consumption or buying less. Examples include using less electricity or water and producing less trash to help conserve. 

toddler dropping water into cupcake pan
We’ve spent lots of time talking about what we can do to conserve water and electricity. Some of our ideas included turning off the water while we’re washing our hands or brushing our teeth and shutting off lights each time we leave a room. 

toddler exploring water sensory bin
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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.

toddler dripping water into small dish
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. 

toddler dumping measuring cup into cupcake pan
The fun sensory activity we did today was inspired by this week’s topics, a few of which are Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. 

toddler scooping water with measuring cup
The little guy has always had an interest in recycling and even at six years old he knows so much about scrap metal recycling. We also recycle cardboard and plastic as well. 

toddler dumping water into cupcake pan with measuring cup
And while today’s activity was mostly for baby girl’s benefit, that didn’t stop him from joining in. It’s takes something amazing to capture the interest and wonder of little kids regardless of their age. 

toddler using measuring cup to transfer water from bowl to cupcake pan
Sensory activities are great for kiddos not only for sensory exploration but also to encourage creative thinking and problem-solving skills. Today’s Earth’s Water Sensory Tray Play Activity was no exception. 

toddler exploring water sensory tray
Earth’s Water 

What you’ll need

  • Cupcake Tray
  • Measuring Cups
  • Turkey Baster
  • Bowl of Water

toddler and preschooler playing with water sensory tray
Here’s how to do it

  • Put a bowl of water and measuring cups next to a cupcake tray. 
  • Encourage the child to explore scooping and pouring water into the cupcake tray.
  • To remove water from the tray, use the turkey baster. 

toddler transferring water with measuring cup
This was such a quick & easy idea and just one of the many reasons why I make a point of purchasing the Little Goose Toddler Teacher Guidebook each month.

toddler scooping water with measuring cup
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 playing with water sensory tray
I put together this water sensory tray for my toddler, but it didn’t take long for the little guy to join in too. 

toddler and kindergartner exploring water sensory tray
Both little kids had a blast splashing around in the water, scooping and pouring. We didn’t have a turkey baster, so we used a few large eyedroppers instead. What a great way to practice early math and fine motor skills with your preschoolers and kindergartners. 

kindergartner filling eyedropper with small dish
Don’t forget to check back if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to next week with our Superheroes theme from Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time). And if you missed it, check out this year’s preschool homeschool space post.

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