It can get quite hot during the summertime in Dubai, limiting outdoor time for children at school. Children love to play outdoors, its a great way to stimulate their senses and educate them using Skygarden. Our Blossomites at Blossom Burj love to swim in our shaded pool; it’s a fun way to keep cool and spend some time out of the classroom. Toddlers enjoy splashing, pouring and sprinkling the water as well as swimming and floating in it; it is so much fun! They are just splashing and making a mess, though, right? Wrong!
Water and pool play supports children in many developmental areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage, read more below!
1 Physical Development - children have to learn to balance carefully in the pool as they move around, they develop fine motor skills as they grip slippery objects in the water, developing and refining the pincer grip needed for writing. Children learn self-care as they become more independent at changing and drying themselves too.
2 Personal, Social and Emotional Development - children learn to play cooperatively with their friends in the pool and share resources during water play. Water play can also be relaxing and calming as children move through the pool, pour water, watch the reflections of light in the water and listen to the sounds it makes as it splashes and trickles.
3 Communication and Language - children learn words to describe temperature, quantities, actions and textures as they play with water and objects. Children learn words such as ‘slippery’, ‘dry’, ‘wet’, ‘slimy’, ‘pour’, ‘sprinkle’, ‘splash’, ‘soak’.
4 Understanding the World - children learn about cause and effect and learn to solve problems. They are interested to see if objects float or sink, what happens if sand is added to water? What happens when I pour water onto an object or through a funnel? What happens when I add soap? Experimenting in water ignites children’s creativity and imagination as they find out how the world works.
5 Maths - you may not have thought about how water play can develop mathematical skills but it is a great way to learn about quantities. Children can pour water from wide vessels into thin ones, big ones to small ones, tall ones to short ones and see what happens. It’s a great way to learn about volumes and learn mathematical language like full, empty, bigger, smaller, more and less. Children can also count objects dropped into the water, such as pebbles or shells.
6 Expressive Arts and Design - Water play is a sensory experience and children can experiment with different materials in the water. Mixing in sand, adding sponges, dissolving ice, salt or colours in the water are all fun ways to experiment. Small worlds with sea creatures can be created in the water for role play opportunities too!
At Blossom Burj children experience pool and water play twice per week during the warmer months. If you or a friend do not have access to a pool nearby, you are more than welcome to join us for one of our free parent and toddler ‘Splash and Play’ sessions this summer!
Dates: Thursday, 27th July and Thursday, 17th August
Time: 9:00am - 11:00am
Location: Villa 37, Street 10a, Umm al Sheif
Places are strictly limited. For more information or to book your place, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 04 348 6275.