Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: May 18, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971935 | Print ISBN: 9781412966702 | Online ISBN: 9781412971935| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Abigail M. Jewkes & Elizabeth Mathews
Water is an essential compound necessary for all forms of life on earth and exists in three physical states—vapor (gas), solid (ice), and liquid. While water is essential for life, it is also used for play and learning among all ages. Water is a naturally occurring material in the environment that is attractive and familiar to children of all ages, beginning from birth. It is used in one type of purposeful play that provides rich sensory experiences through hands-on explorations. Water play promotes learning and development across a wide range of areas and in children with a variety of abilities and from diverse backgrounds. For very young children, water play is often a spontaneous and unstructured activity. Infants may begin water play during bath time by splashing water. Toddlers and preschoolers tend to enjoy water play in the playground or other outside areas, including settings beyond the school. Items such ...