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Splish, Splash I’m not takin’ a bath…I’m just playing with water! These activities are designed to delight your little one with all the sensory fun of water while also delivering the soothing social and emotional benefits inherent in this kind of play. Discover ways to play with water in all kinds of places and with unexpected materials.

Test The Water

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Test the Water

Image of the food coloring needed for this DIY water activity for kids.


  • Gallon sized Ziploc bags
  • Water
  • Food coloring
  • Masking tape
Image of a DIY water activity for kids. 
Blue colored water is sealed in a ziploc bag.


  • Fill your Ziploc bag with water, leaving a generous amount of air at the top.
  • Add several drops of food coloring.
  • Seal your Ziploc and tape all sides to a flat surface.
Image of a child engaging in DIY water activities for kids. Their hand is touching and manipulating colorful water sealed in a ziploc bag.


  • Touch, smooth, press, and poke the water inside your Ziploc bag.
  • Make a 2nd bag (using a different color) and experiment with placing it near or on top of your original Ziploc.
  • Try touching your bag with your toes!
  • Attach your bag to a window or a light table to explore the way light transforms your water play.

Play your way! What else can you do with your new water materials?

Why Play This Way?

This simple activity engages children in an independent sensory experience while inviting them to playfully experiment with cause and effect. Even better, since you are exploring the properties of water without the “wetness,” you can take your water on the go, or even extend family dinner time by taping your Ziploc bag down to the table/highchair.

Better with a Book

At LᐧMᐧNᐧOᐧPlay!, we love to pair our play with a great book.

This is just the tip of the iceberg! If you liked this activity, you’ll LOVE our Book Club.
Discover special books and bring them to life with activities that make meaningful connections between reading and playing. 

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