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⚙ Cups or containers

⚙ Drill, screwdriver, or hammer to make holes in the container  

⚙ Screws or nails (to make holes)
⚙ Bin for water or water table     



1.5 years and up

Time and Place

⚙ Any time of day

⚙ Any time of year

⚙ Indoors or outdoors (if weather permits)



⚙ Supervise children at all times 
⚙ Take extra precautions when playing with 

⚙ Use caution when making holes in the container 


Play-based Context

Make one or more holes in the bottom of a container. If possible, involve the children in the hole making process. Fill a bin or tub with water and let the children explore how water flows out of the container. 

An educator noticed that the toddlers enjoyed filling and emptying containers at the water table and at the kiddie pool. The educator made holes in some of the containers to encourage further explorations. 

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Questions You May Ask 

⚙ How can you stop the water from coming out of the cup?

⚙ How can you make the water flow out faster?

⚙ What could you use your container with holes for?

Related Children's Books

⚙ I Get Wet by Vicki Cobb

National Geographic Kids: Water by Melissa Stewart

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