Activities: Quick, little preparation required
Water Use diaries
Ask learners to keep a water use diary over the course of a day. Compare and contrast water use amongst class members. You could analyse the data in Maths using this valuable real-life data.
Tap or Bottled – can you tell the difference?
Set in place a blind tasting of two glasses of water and see if learners can tell the difference. Make a bar chart of the results.
Water saving Posters
Ask learners to design posters to promote one idea for saving water or a range of ideas – choosing from this list:
Turn off the taps whilst brushing your teeth
Take shorter showers
Use a bowl for washing vegetables
Collect rain water and an illustration of the uses the rain water could be put to.
Arrange for small groups of children to go outside and carry buckets of water across the playground. Weigh a single bucket of water and display the weight, for learners to see after they have carried the buckets. In Britain, each person uses 160 litres of clean water a day on average. This is water you use for drinking, cooking, washing, flushing toilets, cleaning and leisure activities like swimming. Calculate how many buckets of water you would need to carry from a well if you did not have water freely available from the taps.
Water Letters (KS1)
Provide the children with a letter from the alphabet (this could be their letter from their first name) made from double-sided tape stuck on to cardboard. Remove the tape covering and ask the children to explore the school grounds looking for materials that they can use to stick to the tape to make a ‘water’ letter – all the things they choose should need water to stay alive. Once complete, ask the children to share their water letters.