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Playing Preschool - Unit 19: Water

Updated: Jun 6, 2021

A Companion Guide to Busy Toddler's Playing Preschool Curriculum

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Water Play All Day

What is more fun that water? Learning about water and doing fun water-related activities of course! Seriously, I think Susie saved the best for last as the water unit consisted of engaging, hands-on learning and fun activities. I especially loved the books she suggested for this unit. I had not heard of any of them and I loved them all for different reasons. It also didn't hurt that we started this unit just as the temperatures were starting to climb so we could pretty much do water play all day.

Building Background Knowledge

Video Links

Suggested Books

*Books with an asterisk are my Top 5 Picks to Add to Your Home Library for this unit

  • I Get Wet* - Vicki Cobb

  • Water is Water* - Paul, Miranda

  • Hey, Water! - Portis, Antoinette

  • Wet - Sookocheff, Carey

  • Water Can Be...* - Sals, Laura Purdie

  • Rain - Ashman, Linda

Additional Book List

Books in bold are also suggested books in another unit.



Additional Resources/Activities

Educational Games and Toys


  • Developing Life Skills: Read a book about the importance of water like Why Water's Worth It and talk about why it is important to conserve water and ways that you and your child can help.

  • Field Trip: Take a trip to visit a water source like a lake, river, natural spring, the ocean (or a water treatment facility). Talk about pollution and notice whether the water is clean or polluted.

  • Read Along Play Along Activity: Read a book about the water cycle like The Great Big Water Cycle Adventure and perform the Cloud in a Jar Experiment to illustrate the concept of evaporation.

  • Cooking Activity: Make Jell-o and discuss the steps as you perform them: boiling the water, stirring and dissolving the powder, refrigerating the solution and the final product.

  • Sensory Bin: Two words: water beads. If you have never used water beads in a sensory bin, they are the ultimate sensory experience. Even adults love to play with them! Pro tip: you don't need to use a lot as they grow much bigger than they start out.


  • We finished Playing Preschool Year 1 at the beginning of the summer, shortly after the COVID-19 restrictions and closures began to ease. We had had a beach trip to my family's condo planned for months and we live a short 90-minute drive away so we felt like it was safe to go as long as we continued social distancing. The trip to the beach was a natural extension to the water unit, and a great segue into exploring wave action and ocean life. Not to mention, the combination of sand and water makes the beach the world's best and biggest sensory bin. We packed tons of books about the beach and sea creatures and had an amazing family trip. It was definitely bittersweet to be finished with our curriculum but it was the perfect way to celebrate all the learning and growing my toddler had done over the past year.

What was your favorite part of this unit? What other books did you read? What other activities did you do? Please share your photos and feedback in the Playing Preschool with Busy Toddler Curriculum Facebook Group in Units → Unit 19: Water

Until next time, may your coffee be warm and your toddler be busy.

Up Next: Playing Preschool: Year 2: Unit 1 - All About Me

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