Activity Introduction

Bottled water companies tell us their water is better, cleaner and healthier than tap water. Many people also claim they don’t like the taste of tap water and prefer to buy bottled water. But can they really tell the difference? You’re going to do some market research and blind taste test your family and friends to find out.

Safety advice: Be aware of cross-contamination from people drinking from the same glasses. This might be a good opportunity to learn how to properly clean dishes.

This is a good activity for kids to complete independently, although they will need additional participants.

Ideal for: Upper Primary Ages 10 – 12

Themes:

  • investigate

Time required: 30 minutes

Curriculum connections: Humanities, Science

Tips for Parents and Carers

This activity can get messy with the water involved. Have some towels handy and encourage kids to wipe up after themselves.

Lesson & Curriculum Details

Curriculum codes:

Complete lesson for classroom teachers:

Who tops the taste test?

Resources Required

  • Blindfold
  • Bottled water x 2 different brands
  • Glasses or plastic cups x 3
  • Masking tape
  • Sink
  • Markers

Learning@Home from Cool Australia

Learning@Home resources are designed for parents and teachers to use with children in the home environment. They can be used as stand-alone activities or built into existing curriculum-aligned learning programs. Our Learning@Home series includes two types of resources. The first are fun and challenging real-world activities for all ages, the second are self-directed lessons for upper primary and secondary students. These lessons support independent learning in remote or school settings.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.

Worksheets

Student Worksheet

Water Taste Test - Activity Instructions

Bottled water companies tell us their water is better, cleaner and healthier than tap water. Many people also claim they don’t like the taste of tap water and prefer to buy bottled water. But can they really tell the difference? You’re going to do some market research and blind taste test your family and friends to find out.

Safety advice: Be aware of cross-contamination from people drinking from the same glasses. This might be a good opportunity to learn how to properly clean dishes.

PART A: Testing

Step 1. Prepare your experiment by putting three masking tape labels on your cups and labelling them A, B and C. You could also use three different coloured stickers to tell them apart.

Put labels on your bottles of water the same way. Make one brand A, and the other brand B. Tap water will be C. 

Step 2. Fill each cup with a sip of the water that matches the label and place them in a row on the table. Hide the bottles of water out of sight.

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