Sensory Skills

Reggio-Inspired Sensory Water Exploration

Ideal for Infant, Toddler

A young child plays with a wet towel and learns about water | Bright Horizons Water Activities

This activity promotes development and learning by encouraging children to use their senses to explore and interact with the environment.

Materials Needed:

  • Buckets or plastic tubs
  • Sponges
  • Cups, funnels, and spoons
  • PVC pipe or pool noodles cut in a variety of sizes

Participants: This activity is intended for independent play and adult/child interaction (offer adult supervision at all times even if you’re not actively participating).


  1. Fill the tubs or buckets with water.
  2. Offer the sponges and encourage your child to explore.
  3. Offer one new material at a time to keep your child engaged

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