Introduction

Play the 'making a rainstorm' game or create a collage to teach kids how living things use water.

Making a rainstorm

This is a co-operative, experiential game used to introduce water as a topic and to stimulate thinking and talking.

Learning outcomes

Use fingers and hands to tap and clap sounds that simulate how a rainstorm builds and then fades as it passes over.

Activity instructions

  1. Form a circle
  2. Making eye contact with children and encouraging them to copy you, rub hands together (to illustrate a gentle breeze), once most have joined in, start to snap fingers (to illustrate rain falling gently), then clap hands together irregularly (rain getting harder), slap hands on legs (torrential rain), stomp feet, slap hands on legs and stomp feet (the height of the rainstorm) then ease the rainstorm off by reversing the actions ... stomp feet, slap hands on legs, clap hands, snap fingers, rub hands then open palms (quiet).
  3. Remain silent for a moment to think about the activity and to catch your breath.
  4. Ask some reflection questions:
    • What does rain make you think of?
    • Where does water come from?
    • Where does water go?
    • What does water do?
    • Why do we drink water?
    • What different forms can water take?
    • Where does water come from in your school?
    • Where does the water go when it goes down the drain?
    • What things do you add to the water going down the drain? (paint to poos)
    • What other questions do you have about water?

How living things use water

Equipment

  • Old magazines and newspapers
  • A3 paper
  • Scissors
  • Pens/pencils

Activity instructions

  1. Create a collage of pictures that show people using water.
  2. Around this add a ring of pictures showing plants and animals using water.
  3. Around this, add a third ring showing places water comes from (eg, oceans, lakes, clouds, ice).
  4. Do some of the things that are happening in the pictures make the water healthy or unhealthy?
  5. What can we do at school and/or at home to look after water?

Both activities adapted from The Enviroschools Kit.

Learning levels

  • Early childhood

Topics

  • Freshwater

Curriculum learning areas

  • Science
  • Social science
  • The arts
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