Ketchup and Mustard waterplay

Along with our dramatic play with the grill, our painting on the grill, and our ketchup and mustard squeeze painting, we enjoyed some ketchup and mustard waterplay…

The original intent of this water table was to wash and dry dishes (which they did earlier that day) but the boys wanted to squeeze the left over yellow and red paint into the table after we were done painting. Since the bottles were pretty much empty, I thought this would be a good way to help me clean them up…

The water turned bright red at first then started turning orange as the boys added the “mustard”…

Using the squeeze bottles in the water table also led to exploring the flow of liquid and the use of fine motor skills to squeeze the bottles and practice controlling the flow of water from the bottle.

The lids inevitably made their way off the squeeze bottles so the boys could fill their bottles back up and do a little pouring…

With lots of practice like this, preschoolers are well on their way to being able to control the use of glue bottle!

By |2011-07-17T06:00:44+00:00July 17th, 2011|

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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. Kristah July 17, 2011 at 12:44 pm - Reply

    cute clean up. try putting a rubber ducky in the water and let them squirt at it to make it move. squirt bottles are fun.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. July 17, 2011 at 11:30 pm - Reply

      Haha – cute idea! How about a plastic hamburger in the tub to squirt at?

  2. Emma @sciencesparks July 17, 2011 at 5:30 pm - Reply

    That looks like great fun!

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