Tot Spot

    Are you ready to continue exploring the Museum and your child wants to keep playing with water at Tot Spot? Water is an integral part of our daily life and an excellent medium for nurturing children’s natural creativity.


    Water is dynamic substance. Children must be innovative when working with material that is always moving and changing. Challenge your children to think in new ways by offering a variety of materials to investigate in water. Will it sink or float? How can you make a floating object sink? How can you move  water up and down?


    As children pour water in and out of a container, they are investigating mathematical concepts like gravity, measurement, location, shape and  volume. Properties of water are reinforced when questioning if an object will sink or float. Children learn through touch; water provides sensory experiences as it drips off their fingers or while touching a cold piece of ice. Water is one of the few substances to be found naturally in gas, liquid, and solid state on Earth.


    Whether it’s delighting in the splash of the waterfall inside Tot Spot or contemplating the bubbles flowing down the Stream, children are fully  “immersed” in the moment when they play. Allowing children unstructured time to enjoy water play encourages focus on their inner selves as well as their exterior world.


    Water provides a unique opportunity for children to play alone, alongside, or together with other children. Children must cooperate while simply sharing fish or moving them from one end of the stream to the other. The stream inspires universal stories: are you fishing or are you the fish?


    The ripples from wind reflect in the sunlight on the water. These patterns echo throughout nature, allowing children to connect disparate phenomena into an understanding of their physical world.

    Museum at Home

    No need for expensive bath toys! Include turkey basters, funnels, strainers, pumps, and cups to support your child’s bath time play. Fill up a bucket, find old paintbrushes, and bring them outside. Try “painting” the sidewalk and watch as the sun evaporates the water. Have your child fill containers with water and put them in the freezer. Allow them to take the ice out of the containers and watch as it melts. Try adding liquid watercolor to the water and “paint” with your ice cubes.

    • What do you notice?
    • How is the water different?
    • What does it feel like?

    Water is a wonderful way for children to be creative without any specific goal or end product. Allow them to splash around and build confidence—just remember to bring an extra set of clothes!

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