Activity Introduction

water-being-slowed-photoframeQuick summary: This activity has been developed to give children the opportunity to learn more about water, water saving and water energy. Younger children play with water wheels, while older children experiment with creating a watercourse that incorporates water wheels. This activity is designed to help connect children to the wonders of the natural world through sensory and play-based learning.

Activity developed in partnership with   tasmania_hydro_200x84_300pxl

Hydro Tasmania has been at the forefront of clean energy innovation for one hundred years. It is Australia’s largest producer of clean energy – generating hydro and wind power – and the largest water manager. Hydro Tasmania has 55 major dams, operates 30 hydropower stations and has built some of Australia’s largest wind farms.

Hydro Tasmania also sells energy in the National Electricity Market through its retail business Momentum Energy, and sells its expertise internationally through its consulting business Entura. Visit the Hydro Tasmania website to learn how the business is working towards Australia’s clean energy future.

EYLF Learning Outcome

Elaborations

Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world

3. Children become socially responsible and show respect for the environment

Outcome 4: Children are involved and confident learners

1. Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity

2. Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, enquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating

3. Children transfer and adapt what they have learned from one context to another

4. Children resource their own learning through connecting with people, place, technologies and natural and processed materials

Equipment needed:

  • Ages 0 to 2 – Sensory water table, water wheels, a plastic cup for each child, large jug of water.
  • Ages 2 to 3 – Sensory water table, water wheels, a plastic cup for each child, large jug of water, waterproof tube, pipe and funnel.
  • Ages 3 to 5 – A range of things that will hold, spill, pour and spray water, such as buckets, pipes, funnels, cups, bottles and other water toys.

Note: If you don’t have water wheels, you can make your own by following the instructions at http://www.edenproject.com/blog/index.php/2011/07/build-a-water-assault-course/

Supporting resources:

Collect items and images that are associated with the theme of water to use as conversation starters.

Other resources:

Cool Australia Presents Water from Cool Australia on Vimeo.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

reece-diversion-tunnelBackground Information

Learning goals: The aim of this activity is to encourage children to think about how we use water and how we can save it. Younger children experiment with pouring water onto water wheels. Older children are asked to create a watercourse out of pipes, hoses, funnels and other water play toys. Children are also asked to think about saving water at their centre and at home.

Content information: You have to love water. Water is, without doubt, the most incredible substance we know. All life depends on it. Although water covers three quarters of the Earth’s surface, fresh water only makes up 1% of it – just a tiny sliver scattered on this Earth to support us all.

Fresh water is the most precious resource on Earth. It is essential for the survival of all living things. We’re also living with a limited amount of fresh water: the water you drink today is the same water that the dinosaurs enjoyed. The water just keeps cycling around the Earth. It’s because of this that

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