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Exploring water

An 18 month old explores the water that has collected in the nursery garden after the rain. She steps in it and uses her hands to feels the water.

Good for looking at

  • Sensory play
  • Water play
  • Solitary play
  • Learning outdoors
  • Understanding the world


  • What cues can you see that show what the child is interested in? (Look out for non-verbal and body language as well as spoken language)
  • How the child is learning?
  • Which areas of play, development, engagement and characteristics of learning can you observe?
  • How does the outdoor environment support the child’s learning?