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LET’S DO IT The water cycle? Child's play!

It's never too early to get little ones thinking about protecting the planet! To mark World Water Day, or to keep you busy on a rainy day, we've come up with a few ideas to get your felt-tip pens fired up. So dust off your basics and become an environmental genius with this interactive diagram of the water cycle. Don't panic, it's not rocket science! ;) We won't hide the fact that it's likely to trigger a wave of " why ", but you're used to that!



- 1 white paper plate
- 1 sheet of canson paper
- 1 pair of scissors (for parents)
- 1 split pin
- Felt-tip pens
- Glue
- Good humour (don't use everything at first)



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Step 1: Drawing

Draw the 4 stages of the water cycle: evaporation, condensation, precipitation and collection. Depending on your child's age, you can draw the shapes for them to colour and separate the sections so that the result is easy to read. Tip: cut a circle of canson paper the size of the centre of the plate and stick it on for an even prettier design

Step 2: The water droplet shaped pointer

Draw a rectangle on the canson sheet to make the pointer and a droplet of water at the end to indicate the stage of the cycle we are at. Colour the droplet.

Step 3: Attaching the pointer

Pierce the end of the strip with the split pin, then insert it into the plate with a small hole in the centre (this step is carried out by the parents for added safety). Then close the clip on the back of the plate.


The result

 Now all you have to do is turn the pointer to find out how far the water has travelled and explain each of the 4 stages in your own words! Simple is best! 

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Other ideas

Learning to save water on a daily basis is all about good habits! Teeth brushing can be done for the length of a nursery rhyme, or with an hourglass to teach the correct length of time (and don't forget to turn off the tap while brushing!). You learn better when you're having fun!

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