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Water Play with Wood Blocks

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We are loving this water play with wood blocks activity in the warmer weather! Wood blocks in the water bin provide a great water play activity for toddlers. This simple activity is a fun way for toddlers to explore and experiment with wood blocks.

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Water Play with Wood Blocks

I'm guessing you all have some form of wood blocks at home. These are one of the most played with toys in our house and if you don't already have them you can get them HERE from Amazon. 

Introducing blocks of wood to water play has valuable benefits for toddlers, including sensory and cognitive experiences.

The sizes and shapes of the blocks, the way the blocks move in the water, and the weight and feel of the blocks as they absorb water all contribute to early learning opportunities.

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What you need for your wood block water play activity

Add small wood blocks and wooden spoon to water bin

How to set up your wood blocks water play

Add a variety of small wood blocks with different shapes and sizes to a tub of water.

You can use blocks or other wood toys that you have on hand, or cut small pieces from scrap wood left over from a construction project as we did.

The wooden spoon is a fun grasping tool for stirring and scooping blocks, and splashing in the water.

Stack small wood blocks in a water play activity for toddlers


How to play

Toddler water play with wood blocks

Observe with your toddler how the blocks move in the water.

Do the blocks sink or float?

  • The small blocks will roll around in the water but a larger block will float like a raft.

Can you sink the raft?

  • Pile the blocks on the larger block of wood to see if the wooden raft will sink.

Poke the blocks to the bottom of the bin with the wooden spoon and watch them pop back up!

Stand over the water bin and drop blocks into the water to make splashes!

Extend the learning by adding letters or numbers to the wood blocks with a permanent marker. Your toddler can find a block with a letter in his name, or a number that corresponds to her age.

Wooden blocks in the water bin provide a simple yet interesting activity for kids. With minimal setup and lots of play value, this is one activity you’ll love to provide your toddler.

We would love to see your toddler playing with their wooden blocks in the water! Share them in our Facebook Group or over on Instagram (follow @myboredtoddler and use #myboredtoddler so we can all see!)

We have lots more great water play activities for toddlers and babies HERE. 

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Heather is a former preschool teacher and founder of, a website providing early learning resources for teachers and parents. She focuses on creating fun crafts and activities that engage developmental skills while promoting hands-on learning through play. Follow her on FacebookPinterestTwitterInstagram and Google+