Teach Preschool in the news: Tools for waterplay

I was in the news again and this time my special guest was Addison! Addison helped me share a few fun tools you can use for water play…


Foam noodles are often found in the swimming pool but they can also be used for other types of play and learning. Next time you are at pool, try cutting up some noodles and doing these activities. Addison shows how to thread the noodles to make a noodle necklace…

Recently, my nephew and I made shapes with foam noodles in my driveway. Here he is jumping over the noodles…

And here, Wy is using the noodles to make form shapes in the driveway. Bambi (the dog is not helping:)…

I have seen many ideas from my fellow bloggers on what you can do with foam noodles. The Body Smart Blog has some ideas and you can also view the ideas I have collected on Pinterest!

Paintbrushes and Buckets

Another simple tool for waterplay is to set out a bucket of water and a paint brush…

Wy also liked painting water on his feet and legs in the hot sun…

Water Wall

Another tool for waterplay is a water wall.  I have seen some wonderful ideas posted on water walls and wanted to try making my own. I am going to post a second post that talks about my water wall and share links to other water walls too but in the mean time – here is a photo of my water wall in action – can you see the blue water? You can view the water wall works on my news segment below as well…


Foam shapes and water

In the news segment, Addison demonstrates how to dip foam shapes in water and put them on a small window. This was an idea shared by The Imagination Tree. I didn’t have a window with me in the Fox 59 News Studio so I used a small piece of clear plexiglass just to get the idea across. I also painted the back side of my water wall with water and the foam shapes stick nicely there too….

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Ruzanne July 8, 2011 at 1:32 am - Reply

    Wow, Deb! The idea of noodles as playthings out of the pool is just awesome. Summer’s gonna be fun-er for the kids now, particularly because they’d like to be out all day! Cool ideas running in here. My first time, actually and already, I’ve had three to-do list thanks to you! Keep posting, Deb!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. July 8, 2011 at 11:10 am - Reply

      LOL! It will be fun-er!

  2. Little Wonders' Days July 8, 2011 at 7:45 am - Reply

    These all look fun! We’ll have to try some of your ideas for the pool noodles.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. July 8, 2011 at 11:10 am - Reply

      The ideas keep coming in!

  3. Becky Kim July 8, 2011 at 8:18 am - Reply

    Pool noodles are great! I’ve cut them into pieces to use them for sponge painting for a whole preschool class. The flower shape is my favorite!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. July 8, 2011 at 11:10 am - Reply

      We haven’t painted with them yet – I will add it to my list of to dos!

  4. Love these ideas! I have some old pool noodles, and I’d been pondering a way to use them. I also love the idea of using water to stick the foam shapes to things. Always looking for a way to bring creative (and math!) ideas outside.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. July 8, 2011 at 12:36 pm - Reply

      It seems the use of pool noodles and foam shapes are endless!

  5. Susan July 9, 2011 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    I took your water wall idea one step further. I bought a piece of peg board about 3 ft by 2 ft and attached the bottles using a .5 inch screw and nut. Very simple. Peg board works very very well. Should last for a long time, easy to change out the bottles for more fun.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. July 9, 2011 at 10:45 pm - Reply

      Oh my gosh – that was such a great idea! Going to try it too then next time I get a itch to be creative:)

  6. Bethe Almeras July 12, 2011 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    Thanks so much for featuring our Pool Noodle Games!

    Play on! – Bethe @HSBS_Play

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