Sponging water is an activity that will appeal to both toddlers and the preschoolers. With a slight variation, you can change the skill level of the activity.
For Otto, I used a low, plastic container and a small sponge. The objective was for him to explore the water, soak water with the sponge, and then squeeze the water out of the sponge.
He seemed to have fun…and got quite wet.
For Joey, I had him pour water from a pitcher into a small bowl and then transfer the water, using the sponge, back to the pitcher. When all the water was back in the pitcher, he could transfer it back to the bowl.
This was a favorite work for Joey and work that involves transferring usually doesn’t hold Joey’s attention for long, but this one did.