It’s Time for Summer Water Play!
It’s hot outside, and we can
expect the temperatures to keep rising! With that, it’s still important for
kids to get outside and play, and what better way than in the water?!
Water play is beneficial in a variety of ways, whether it be
swimming in a pool, running through a sprinkler, or splashing in a water table.
When children play in the water, they encounter a multi-sensory experience:
Auditory – the sound of the water and others
Tactile – the feeling of the water surrounding
or splashing it
Oral/olfactory – the smell/taste of the water
Vestibular/proprioceptive – the movement and
pressure of the water around the child’s body
Water is great for the sensory experience, but it is also
great for so much more, like muscle tone and strength. So, get your children
out of the house and into the water. Let them experience all the water has to
offer while burning off all of their excess energy!
Amber Torczon, MOT, OTR/L
Clinic Occupational Therapist