Remember, communication is really important. Talking to the children, even babies about what you are doing and why you are doing it is essential. However, communication also means non-verbal. Children are watching what you do just as much, if not more than listening to what you say. If you are talking about water being a precious resource- are you and all the adults around them also demonstrating this? Does your centre use grey water in the garden? How much water is used when the dishes are being washed? What happens to the water when you are done cleaning? Can this be used in the garden?
Some water themes to focus on with children are listed below and LGSWA has created Themed Water Activities to assist you in addressing these:
Water is Life:
children become aware of water in everyday.
children recognise where water comes from.
How does our water get polluted.
How can we conserve water.
The Water Corporation's Waterwise Starters Kit has many activities for early years educators to adapt to teach these themes.
There are many things that can be done and below are some information sheets and activities that could be adapted and incorporated into your centre or service.
Most of us have heard about the benefits of water play for a child’s development.
Whether it’s helping develop strength, coordination or balance, sensory exploration or learning mathematical skills, there are many things to gain from water.
Water is an essential part of life and living things, and as Australians we are well aware of this being a limited resource.
As the adults in the children’s lives we need to instil awareness and understanding of this limited resource and the many ways we impact it at an early age.
Therefore, combining water and water play in your efforts toward a more sustainable practice is one of the little steps you can take.