Exploring textured water play

While I was organizing all the school supplies I keep in my garage, my grandson was running around taking them out to play. He was particularly interested in the bags of corn seed, rice, and other materials I save for sensory play. So I decided it would be better to join in the play than to keep saying “no” so we set up a textured water play table…

Texture water play by Teach Preschool

My grandson has moved past the days of having to put everything in his mouth so I wasn’t worried about him eating our textured water play and once I mixed most of these items in a tub of water, the desire to play and feel the water was far more interesting to my grandson than trying to drink or eat the water…

Texture water play by Teach Preschool

For our textured water play, I set out four small tubs and in each of the tubs I added a different sensory play material. I used about 1/2 cup (I didn’t measure) of corn seeds, rice, water beads, sand, and added plenty of water for pouring and swishing…

Texture water play by Teach Preschool

As my grandson explored the materials, I took a few photos but mostly stayed out of his way. My grandson was in the “play zone” and when he gets extremely focused, I have found that it is best that I let him explore without interruption. When he is so completely focused on his play and I do interrupt, he often will either lose interest or will say, “bye Mema!”

Texture water play by Teach Preschool

Part of his play included adding a few additional toys, pouring and mixing the sensory materials, playing with his elephants or cars in each tub, feeling the material with his hands, and…

Texture water play by Teach Preschool

Checking out the water beads that fell down to the ground…

Texture water play by Teach Preschool

A fun and interesting exploration of texture, sensory, and water all wrapped into one afternoon of the play zone!

Texture water play by Teach Preschool

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By |2013-08-05T06:00:30+00:00August 5th, 2013|

About the Author:

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. Stacy @ Share&Remember August 5, 2013 at 7:09 am - Reply

    Love it! What a great Mema you are! He’s so cute.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 5, 2013 at 7:10 am - Reply

      Thank you Stacy:)

  2. Caz August 5, 2013 at 7:10 am - Reply

    Love this post and the photos too – look at the concentration on his little face! I have never thought of putting seeds in water for the sensory play experience, they would feel pretty cool.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 5, 2013 at 7:39 am - Reply

      You will have to put your hands in the water too! LOL!

  3. Teresa Eyzaguirre August 5, 2013 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    Deborah, thanks so much for all the irresistible activities you promote.
    I work for San Diego City Schools and my children had an amazing year. I’ll keep in touch.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. August 5, 2013 at 5:42 pm - Reply

      Yes, Please do keep in touch!

  4. Rebekah August 5, 2013 at 8:17 pm - Reply

    Love the photos. This looks like so much fun. I love the idea of textured play in various mediums. I love that he has a variety of options at one time!

  5. carol August 10, 2013 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    He is so cute. Anything that keeps a kind that focused in play I will need to try.

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