Sponge block water play puzzles

I am always adding to my supply of sponges I get from the dollar store on hand for a variety of uses. These sponges come in three bright colors (red, yellow, and blue) and they are easy to cut and don’t have any type of scratch pad on the bottom plus I can purchase a whole set for just one dollar. I like to use these sponges for art, science, math and they make a fun addition to the water play table…

Sponge block water play by Teach Preschool

To promote conversation and recognition of shapes through our water play, I cut up several of our sponges into basic shapes for our water play table.  The children found the shapes along with a tub of water, a few tongs for play, and tape squares on on our DIY magnet board to serve as a puzzle board (or an invitation to play outside of the tub)…

Sponge block water play by Teach Preschool

I chose to use our narrow water tank so we could save the rest of the space on our table for making wet sponge puzzles. I also encouraged the children to squeeze the water out of their sponges over the water tank before setting the sponges on the table…

I like to use these sponges for art, science, math and they make a fun addition to the water play table. Check out our sponge block water play puzzles!

Some of the children would remember to squeeze the water out first and others didn’t but I wasn’t worried about it either way…

Sponge block water play by Teach Preschool

For some of the children, the focus was on exploring the water filled sponges and for others, there was an interest in the puzzle-making. Since this process involved several levels of play or thinking, there was plenty of room for each child to explore the center in a way that was most interesting to him or her…

I like to use these sponges for art, science, math and they make a fun addition to the water play table. Check out our sponge block water play puzzles!

After the morning of play was over, we simply rinsed our sponges in hot water, then squeezed the water out of our sponges and set them aside to dry and use for another day or another process…

Sponge block water play by Teach Preschool

A super simple and fun way to blend the processes of water play with shapes and puzzles!

Sponge block water play by Teach Preschool

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By |2014-03-21T09:36:05+00:00March 21st, 2014|

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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.

3 Comments

  1. Stephanie Schuler March 21, 2014 at 5:53 pm - Reply

    Great activity and very affordable for those with a home day care! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Jennifer March 22, 2014 at 12:25 pm - Reply

    I am always amazed by how you take such simple and inexpensive items and turn them into wonderful learning experiences that promote positive social and educational lessons for young children. Your sponge block water play puzzles are ingenious!

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