The water play kitchen

Over the summer months, the wooden furniture in my outdoor classroom often needs repaired, repainted, or just stored so that it will remain in good condition for the new school year which begins for us at the end of August. But since my grandsons still come over to play, I like to use the space for their needs and so I simplify the room a bit. This summer, I have turned the space into our water play kitchen…

The Water Play Kitchen by Teach Preschool

My outdoor classroom is a screened-in porch that has lots of space. It gives my grandsons an alternative place to go that doesn’t have mosquitos nipping at their little arms and legs all the time. Living in the woods is beautiful and of course, we do spend lots of time outdoors but sometimes, it is nice just to be able to get outdoors without having to battle all the critters…

Water Play Kitchen by Teach Preschool

I chose to create a water play kitchen because my grandsons are all about water play. They don’t just like it – they love it and since I am following their interests, I knew that this would be a big hit for them and simple for me to manage over the summer…

Water Play Kitchen by Teach Preschool

Everything in the water play kitchen will and does get wet – including my grandsons!

Water Play Kitchen by Teach Preschool

I keep adding little things along the way just to keep the play interesting and to let them try something new like my water jugs.  It took my younger grandson a few tries to figure out how to make it work but he figured it out and went to town filling up cups and dumping water into the buckets…

Water Play Kitchen by Teach Preschool

I also added a small sand table for water and sand play…

Water Play Kitchen by Teach Preschool

A fun way to explore water, sensory, and a little pretend play all through the summer!

Water Play Kitchen by Teach Preschool

At the end of summer, and before school starts, I will transform this room into my outdoor classroom by once again, bringing out all my wooden accessories and giving it more of a Reggio inspired type approach but for now – this works just fine for my two little guys…

The Water Play Kitchen by Teach Preschool

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By |2014-07-14T12:22:17+00:00July 14th, 2014|

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. Jennifer Thiessen July 14, 2014 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    Hi Debra! Where did you get your water jugs?? I can’t find any plastic ones anywhere!!

  2. Dianne Mullin July 14, 2014 at 6:01 pm - Reply

    Hi! I received the email this morning and saved it to read tonight and now it’s gone! It was about Lesson Plans. Can you please resend it to me? Thanks!

  3. janie August 24, 2014 at 1:33 am - Reply

    Wow! You guys don’t know how lucky you are…..I looked at this post and thought that my students in Thailand would be amazed at having a kitchen their size. Well, actually having a kitchen of any size would be a learning experience since many families cook outside and don’t know what a kitchen is. I haven’t seen an oven bigger than a toaster oven in years! One post said to use red rubber bands on the hot water faucet and green on the cold one. I had to laugh because we don’t have any hot water anywhere.

    Be thankful for all that you have!!

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