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Water Play

Using different utensils for outdoor water play and making “swamp” water

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  • Fill a large tub/bucket of water outside
  • Encourage child to explore by giving him plastic bottles to fill, squeeze bottles to squirt, strainers, small plastic watering cans, funnels, plastic tubing, different size containers to empty and fill, etc.
  • When finished playing, remove all the bottles and share that you will now make “swamp” water
  • Add dirt/sand to the water.  Stir up the water and let child watch dirt settle to bottom

*If an outdoor space isn't available, use a kitchen or bathroom sink. It's up to you if you allow them to make swamp water


Help child think of words that have to do with swamps: wet, warm, plants, bugs, frogs, mud, water, etc.  See if they can make up a sentence using one of those words.


Share some information regarding swamps: 

A swamp while similar to a lake is much shallower or not very deep. Swamps are covered with water, but allow plants to grow that you can see on the surface.

Swamps are generally dominated by water tolerant trees.


  • tab/bucket/plastic pool  of water
  • plastic bottles to fill
  • squeeze bottles to squirt 
  • strainers 
  • small plastic watering cans
  • funnels
  • plastic tubing 
  • different size containers
  • dirt/sand 

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Curriculum Plan Resources

Skills Focus

  • Shape - Rectangle
  • Color - Orange
  • Number - 1-4 Review
  • Alphabet - O, U
  • Senses - Sight
  • Character Trait - Responsibility
  • Target Words - Under, Up, Down, Tall

Monthly Proverb

Yiddish- If each person sweeps in front of his own door the whole street is clean

Did You Know?

"The brain builds itself in response to the child’s experiences. Brain circuits that the child uses in daily life are strengthened. Those that the child doesn’t use fade away. "

National Research Council From Neurons to Neighborhoods, 2000 

Books to Read

"AlphaBugs: A Pop Up Alphabet Book"
by David Carter (Activity 1)

"Deep In The Swamp"
by Donna Bateman (Activity 22)

"Head to Toe"
by E. Carle (Activity 10)

Music Playlist

"When The Saints Go Marching In"
by Pete Fountain, Album: Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans? (Jazz) (Activity 2)

"Go, Flush, Wash, Dry"
by Martin Kerr, Album: Favourite Songs from the Family Learning House (Children) (Activity 24)

"The Noble Duke of York"
by Susan McRae, Album: Barney’s Song Book - 16 Favourites for Kids (Children) (Activity 15)

Monthly Materials List

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Fingerplay / Poems / Songs

Sing/Say The Alphabet

(Activity 26 Month 5)


Now I’ve said my ABC’s, Next time won't you sing with me.