We’re water nerds. We totally admit it, too. And we think there’s nothing more exciting than teaching the younger generation everything there is to know about water- how it works in your body, why it’s so crucial on our planet, the best ways to conserve it, why you need to stay hydrated. The list goes on…and on… and on.
We know we shouldn’t keep the joy of teaching kids about water all to ourselves. That’s why this blog post exists. Take a page from our book (or a sip from our water bottle, in a totally hygienic way) and tackle one of these fun water-related activities with your kids.
Learn How Plants Absorb Water with Food Coloring
First, set out four different jars, each filled with water. Use food coloring to make each jar of water a certain color (so you might have one jar of red water, one of blue water, one of green water, etc). Now, place one white flower in each jar (cabbage leaves work too!). Leave them out overnight, and in the morning, you’ll be greeted with bright, vibrant flowers, and an easy-to-see representation of how plants absorb water.
Make a Rain Gauge
Your kids can get a visual of exactly how much rainfall your backyard gets with this easy science project. Cut off the top of an old two-liter bottle and place pebbles in the bottom to create an even “ground” (this will also help anchor the bottle in the event of a heavy downpour with high winds). Now, turn the top part of the bottle upside-down and tape it inside the bottom part, creating a type of funnel. Use duct tape and a permanent marker to create a measurement gauge, marking off half-inch intervals. Pour water in the bottle until it reaches the 0 mark, and start measuring from there! (The bottom of the bottle with the pebbles will likely be uneven, so it’s best to start your 0 measurement on the scale a little above the pebbles.) Set the gauge on a level surface, away from any obstructions, and wait for rain!
With a homemade rain gauge, your kids can gain an understanding of how much rainfall your area gets. You can even graph the amount of rainfall your yard gets over time!
Estimate Your Daily Home Water Usage
Using the worksheet provided here, work with your kids to estimate how much water your family uses on a daily basis (warning: Calculator may be required for parents whose math skills are a little rusty). Work together as a family to figure out where you can save water, and maybe go on a leak hunt around the house to find and repair leaky facuets! (Fill up your kids’ spill-proof tumbler cup for the hunt – luckily, that’s one area of the house that you KNOW won’t leak)
Water is one of our planet’s most precious resources. By teaching young kids about its importance, you can help set the future generations up for success.Back to Blog Home