Water play

Problem: Drowning, diseases passed through water


It is best to use a sprinkler or hose for water play and to cool down children on hot days.  Another idea for water play is to give each child his or her own bucket or basin of water.  Communal water tables can be used only if each child washes hands before the play, none of the children has a runny nose, the play is supervised to be sure no child drinks or puts the water in his/her mouth, and the children wash their hands after the activity is over.

Avoid wading pools; they can spread diseases, especially for children who are not toilet trained.

Close supervision is vital during all water play.