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Se7en + 1 Celebrates World Water Day…

March 24th, 2013 · 4 Comments

Friday 22 March and it was World Water Day again… a day to reflect on the richness of having running water in our home. And there are heaps of interesting facts to read about on the official site. We printed out the press release and read our way through it. If you are looking for lesson plan links with ideas about learning about World Water Day and Water the World over then take a look at the World Water Day Lesson Plans… for primary, middle and high school students.

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My kids have very clear memories of fetching water, and carrying water when we stayed in Lesotho, it was hard work and they could relate to the problem facing so many people in the world today. Did you know that one in eight people in the world does not have access to clean water… with eight kids around the table that was a number they could quickly understand, none of them wanted to go without access to water – even for a day. With the privilege of all the water we have… comes responsibility. We thought about how much water we use every day – in fact we have so much water available to us that we just use it for fun…

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We spoke about dozens of ways to save water. With the privilege of readily available water comes responsibility and stewardship. My kids can’t change the global problem of water… but they can make a little difference:

  1. Not creating mountains of unnecessary laundry…
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  3. Using half a glass of water when they are painting with water-colours…
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In fact they had heaps of ideas for saving water – ask your kids, you may well be very surprised about what they come up with…

We hauled out the pastels and paints, and while we chatted… they created World Water Day Posters…

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After we had made our posters we had a great read through the latest Action Pack, the Great Water Edition by Whip Up. The PDF magazine for kids that is literally packed with ideas and things to do. You can download it anywhere in the world and start reading, no adverts just heaps of activities and dozens of projects to get into and start doing…

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This Action Pack, themed Water… was packed with watery projects, all totally doable by kids. Projects like:

  1. Making watercolour paints using red cabbage…
  2. Water Colour Techniques…
  3. Paper Mache
  4. Model Boats
  5. Messages in bottles…
  6. Water Rockets…
  7. Density Towers…
  8. Fishing and Fish Prints… we have to try these!!!
  9. Water Crackers
  10. And a Watery Rainbow…
  11. And tons more… follow the link to take a peak…

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We ended our day with a wander through the local wetlands…

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And while the water is low now at the end of summer, we know that the rains are coming at that we are going to be sploshing along these paths in no time at all…
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The seasons are changing… and we will get rain, but for just a little bit longer we will enjoy the sunshine!!!

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We dashed around and counted how many taps we have in our home. They are in all sorts of unexpected places… behind all sorts of nooks and crannies in the kitchen…

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Let your kids go hunting for taps… we have eighteen inside and outside our home, can you believe it… our first guess was about ten. They are hiding, go and look for them!!!

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jaime // Mar 28, 2013 at 3:47 am

    Love this article! We here in the USA are also so blessed to be able to turn on a faucet and have water. My mom told me that they didn’t have running water, indoor toilet or electricity when she was growing up in rural 1950s Oklahoma. The 1907 house we live in still has a well house (now its a play house) and a huge cistern and pipe system in the basement for collecting rainwater. It’s so hard for me to imagine what things were like then and how they are now in other parts of the world. Thank you for helping me to remember to be thankful for the “little” things God gives us!

  • 2 Katherine // Mar 28, 2013 at 5:16 am

    Beautiful artwork!!!!!! Your reflections remind me how blessed we are indeed!

  • 3 se7en // Mar 28, 2013 at 7:40 am

    Hi Jaime Thank you for your comment… isn’t it interesting how water in our home is a whole new “invention” and yet we are so reliant on it and take it so for granted!!! We had a lot of fun putting that post together and learning about water!!! Hope you have a great day!!!

  • 4 se7en // Mar 28, 2013 at 7:46 am

    Thank you Katherine-Marie… I knew you would enjoy their artwork!!! We are indeed blessed, way beyond what we need!!! You I am sure will be pleased to hear that we are planning a month of fun activities on our blog… knowing how you enjoy a good project and all that!!! Lots of love and Happy Easter to all of you on the far side of the world!!!

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