Top 5 ways kids can learn about water this summer
The summer holidays are the ideal time for children to learn some extra special facts about water. From beautiful beaches and amazing sea creatures, to lakes and rivers, there are numerous opportunities for parents to teach kids about the fascinating world of water.
1. A Back Garden Adventure
You needn’t travel far to teach the kids about water. Your back garden can be an oasis of fun and exploration. Often the smallest things in your garden can be a hive of wondrous information for the little ones to get their heads around. For example, if you have a garden pond, it’s a wonderful opportunity for the kids to learn about some fascinating little creatures hands on.
2. Get Interactive
Rainy days can be frustrating but they’re the perfect chance to get interactive. As Sarah Elliot writes in How Stuff Works, there’s a number of online resources where kids can learn the importance of water conservation:
“The Water Family is an interactive game that uses a self-directed format to help kids identify important potential water wasters in a virtual home and garden. This one is great for tweens (plus or minus a year or two). After visiting this site, don’t be surprised if your daughter suggests you start taking more showers instead of water intensive (but relaxing) baths. Just a heads up.”
3. Make Bubbles
Making bubbles is such a fun thing for children to do, especially on a beautiful sunny day. This is best for younger children, who will really appreciate the magic of it all. Teach them just how the bubbles are created. Bringing a bit of science to your child’s playtime has never been simpler. See this bubbles education plan from Science Kids.
4. A Day at the Beach
A favoured day out for kids the world over! A trip to the beach is the perfect opportunity for children to really get to grips with concept of the sea, how the tides work, and the need for keeping our oceans clean and pollution free. There’s a myriad of creepy crawlies that are sure to delight and fascinate too.
A good example is to teach children about the need for keeping our beaches and oceans clean, so that the wealth of marine life can survive and thrive. With such a hands on look at the beach, the kids are sure to learn a wealth of new facts.
5. Exploring Britain’s Waterways
Britain is proud of a remarkable number of waterways, from rivers to canals of all sizes. Take your children on a lovely day exploring these fantastic parts of the country. Kids can learn about how human beings have turned natural features as transportation and how we built our own to connect different regions.