# Water Conservation for Kids: Activities

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Water conservation is an abstract idea that most kids cannot relate to. Using activities and games about water conservation can help them understand why it is important to conserve water.

## Showers and Baths

• Use this activity to teach kids how much water is wasted in the bathtub. Have kids fill up the bathtub to the level at which they would normally take a bath. Show them how to use a ruler to measure the depth of the water in four different parts of the bathtub, and then help them take the average of the four measurements. Then tell them that each inch of water represents about 4 1/2 gallons of water. Help them to multiply the result by 4.5, and write down the final answer. (Let them take a bath with the water so as not to waste it.) The next night, have them take a shower with the drain plugged so that the water fills up the tub. After their shower, have them measure the water, follow the same process, and compare the results. Discuss with them what they have learned about the difference between a bath and a shower, as well as which one conserves more water.

## Brushing Teeth

• If your child leaves the water running while brushing her teeth, try this fun activity to show how turning off the faucet can conserve water. Have her brush her teeth once while you slowly pour water into a bucket. Then have her brush her teeth again while you pour water into a second bucket, this time turning off the water during the time she is actually brushing. Compare the two buckets of water, and ask your child to explain why one is fuller than the other. (Use the water on plants so that it is not wasted.)

## Group Game - Water OFF!

• To explain the importance of turning off the water when it is not needed, play this variation of Red Light, Green Light, 1-2-3. Have a group of children line up against the wall facing you. Turn around and call out "Water ON!" which is the signal for the children to run towards you. After a second or so, turn back around to face them and call out "Water OFF!" This is the signal for the children to freeze. The child who reaches you first takes your place as the "faucet."

After the game, discuss how much easier it would have been for them to reach you if you never said water off. Ask them what the game can teach them about conserving water.

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