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Water in the Garden

 
 

Water in the GArden

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A child's experiments with water solubility.

Materials

Faucets

Rain Barrel

Vessels

Water

Water Soluble Markers

methods

Free access to sources of water are essential for human life. In terms of development it provides infinite possibilities for exploration, sensory perception, physical play, art, and science.

During drought it is important to discuss the abstract notions of drought and water conservation. One indirect method is to provide water faucets that turn off as soon as the handle is let go, causing children to waste less water. A more direct method is to provide a rain barrel. This one is a semitransparent rain barrel with gradations so we can measure how much water we get when it rains and how much we use.

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Investigating how water can get into the rain barrel.

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Using the rain barrel.

For more information about purchasing and using the rain barrel, please see the Rain Barrel lesson plan:


Lesson plan by Heather Taylor, teachoutside@gmail.com. You are welcome to share all materials with credit to her.