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Preschool resources

Play, explore and learn together with water! Our water themed videos and preschool activities will engage children in hands on learning, stories, songs and watery fun.

The activities are designed to provide opportunities for group discussion, team-work and creativity, all whilst learning about our most precious resource - water! 

We'd love to see what you create and how you get involved in National Water Week. Simply share your completed activities, artworks or experiments, either by scanning or taking a photo, and send to education@westernwater.com.au or 0404 865 597 (please include an email address). We can't wait to see your creations!

Video resources

  • Meet Western Water's education team: Alice, Alison, Sammy the Snake and Frances the Frog. Watch the video on YouTube.

  • Storytime and singalong with Sammy the Snake and Frances the Frog: Join our team for some watery stories and songs. Explore the reasons why drinking water is important. Watch this video on YouTube

  • Good hygiene and keeping healthy: Join us to learn how to wash your hands properly to help fight germs and keep healthy. Watch this video on YouTube.

  • Water for health: Drinking water is important. It helps us maintain good health, keeps up our energy levels and enables us to think clearly. Join Sammy the Snake to learn all about Water for Health and what goes into a sugary drink. Watch this video on YouTube.

  • Water wise at home: Are you a Water Warrior or a Water Waster? Discover the many ways we use water in and around our homes, and how we can all become Water Warriors. Watch this video on YouTube.

  • Exploring weather and the water cycle: Water is a precious resource and used every day in so many ways. Our clever planet is constantly recycling and renewing our water in a continual process called The Water Cycle. Watch this video on YouTube.

  • How water gets to your taps, including make-your-own water filter activity: Ever wondered where our water comes from and how it is cleaned and delivered to you? Western Water proudly plays a very important role in this process. Watch this video on YouTube.

  • Don’t flush it!: Watch this entertaining video to learn what not to flush down the toilet. Watch this video on YouTube.

  • Yoga, mindfulness and the five stages of the water cycle: Join us to experience the water cycle through gentle yoga movements. Watch this video on YouTube

  • Star meditation: This star meditation calms the mind, and can be done at any time. It helps to improve wellbeing for everybody and it’s so easy to do. Watch this video on YouTube

  • Mind and body relaxation using yoga: Doing this short mindfulness exercise and a few simple yoga stretches throughout the day can help to relieve tension in your body and keep your mind calm and alert. You can undertake these exercises anytime. Watch this video on YouTube.

  • Journey of a water droplet relaxation: Get comfortable, close your eyes, and be taken on a relaxing journey through the water cycle. Watch this video on YouTube.

Theme: Celebration of Water

These activities are available for the duration of the Online Learning Festival.

  • Join Sammy's Waterwise Club: Free to join and open to all primary school aged children, you will receive a welcome pack, a birthday card each year and can enter Sammy's competitions to win some fun prizes! Visit our online form or download a printable form1MB.

  • Water Storytime and Singalong: Watch our Storytime and Singalong video. Have a go at making up your own watery rhymes and songs to the tune of traditional nursery rhymes.
     
  • Make Sammy the Snake or Frances the Frog: Use paper plates to make your own Sammy the Snake or Frances the Frog. Have a look at our example for some inspiration below.
Sammy the Snake craft

 

Theme: Water For Health

These activities are available for the duration of the Online Learning Festival.

  • Handwashing art activity: Get creative and work together to make art to remind people to wash their hands. Download our activity sheet2MB.

  • Hand washing rhymes: Learn a new action rhyme with a health focus, e.g. this is the way we wash our hands! Watch our video to get started.

  • Create a play kitchen: Make a play kitchen with cardboard boxes. Draw the hot plates and switches with a texta or glue on lids, paper plates, bottle tops. Pots and pans can be made with foil pie plates and Icy pole stick handles. Download our activity sheet3MB.

  • Healthy food poster/menu: Cut out healthy food pictures from old magazines or use a Google image search and print some images. Make a colourful poster to display as a menu in your play kitchen. Remember to include tap water!

 

Theme: Water For Home

These activities are available for the duration of the Online Learning Festival.

  • Blowing bubbles: Use a drinking straw and a container with soap flakes and water. Show your child how to blow, not suck. To make bubbles that float in the air add a little cooking oil to the mixture. You could even try making some bubble art! Download the activity sheet3MB.

  • Water for washing and cleaning: Children love to wash and clean. Use some gentle soap, scrubbers, cloths and tubs of water. Get them involved with washing up plastic containers and toys/objects, washing and cleaning outdoor furniture. Show them how to squeeze out the cloth and know which tap is for hot and cold water.

Theme: Water For the Environment

These activities are available for the duration of the Online Learning Festival.

  • Cloud artwork: Learn about different types of clouds. Use cotton wool and blue paint or crayons to make an art piece about clouds. Download the activity sheet2MB.

  • Create a Water Surprise Bag: Include laminated pictures or objects related to water. Children sit in a circle. The educator chooses an object or image from the bag and describes it to the children without showing them. The children can then try to guess what it is... If they guess it right, place it in the middle of the circle and choose another! Example of possible pictures/objects: piece of hose, water bottle, ocean image, river image, lake image, water creatures, boats, cloud image, rain image, sun image, etc.

  • Build your own Reservoir: Work together to build a model mountain range, river and reservoir using sand in a plastic tub or in the sand pit. Pour water over the mountains and watch it flow down to the reservoir. Talk about how water is essential for all living things. Download the Activity sheet2MB.

 

 

Theme: Water for our Community

These activities are available for the duration of the Online Learning Festival.

  • Make a simple rain gauge: Use our instructions and use it to find out how much rain falls in your area. Download the activity sheet428KB.

  • Have a group discussion about water: How do you enjoy having fun in water - do you go to the pool in summer? Do you go to the beach? Draw a picture of yourself enjoying or playing with water with your family or friends. Create a group word or picture wall/poster to show your ideas.

  • Make a lake and build a tiny raft: Work together to use tiny twigs and string or other everyday materials to make tiny rafts and try to float them in a 'lake' made of a tub or bucket. Have fun experimenting! Download the activity sheet2MB.

Weekend activities: Exploring local waterways and making a difference in our community!

Spend some time over the weekend enjoying your local waterways and natural environment, having fun with water and making some family goals to become more waterwise and sustainable at home!

Enjoy these activities and resources with your friends, family and community.

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