Eco Friendly Ways to Use Water in your Preschool Activities

Preschool activities are a great way to have fun while imparting important skills to preschoolers. Because of their age and developmental stage, there are a wide variety of fun activities that are counted as educational for the young kids. Even simple games like playing catch or building with wooden blocks count as important preschool activities as they help develop fine and gross motor skills. This gives parents and teachers a great deal of freedom in choosing activities that they think their preschoolers would enjoy. Some activities seem to be a universal hit among preschoolers. A good example would be preschool activities involving water. Kids love playing with water, and there are many educational activities that let kids do just that. However, in all the fun and excitement of hosing things down and getting wet, it’s easy to lose track of how much water is getting wasted.

 

 

Also, many parents feel that the little water that goes down the drain in their own homes couldn’t possibly affect the world’s supply of water. However, it’s important to remember that it’s never a question of one house – the same preschool activities are repeated in hundreds of homes across the country, and together the water that gets wasted can indeed impact the water table. Further, people do not need to wait for a drought to start getting serious about water conservation. While Californians are tearing out their lawns to reduce their levels of water consumption, those of us in more blessed locations would still do well to keep tabs on how much water gets wasted at home.

On that note, here are four simple eco-friendly ways to use water in your preschool activities:

Use a container to control spills – Various preschool activities involve transferring water from one container to another. This may be done using a dropper, a sponge, by pouring the water directly from one container to another, or in any other way. When done by five and six year olds, spills are inevitable. Instead of just letting the spilt water go to waste, you can use a larger container to hold the smaller containers in. That way, the water that gets spilt can just be poured back into the smaller containers again.

Play with sprinklers rather than water guns – When playing with water guns, a lot of the sprayed water goes to waste. Even if the kids are playing over a lawn, the water distribution is uneven and doesn’t really substitute for actually watering the lawn. A simple way to work around this issue is to use water sprinklers in your preschool activities. The kids can have a great time jumping over, ducking under or running through the water, and your lawn gets watered at the same time!

Use food coloring to color water – Colored water is pretty cool. It makes simple preschool activities seem more exciting. Kids can pretend to run their own lemonade stand, or have fun mixing the colors to make new ones. But no matter what you do with the colored water, once the preschool activity is over, you need to dispose of it. As long as you’re using food coloring or some other dye that is safe for plants, you can dispose of the water in an eco-friendly manner by using all of it to water the plants.

Choose activities that involve minimum wastage – The next time you search for preschool activities involving water, remember to use one more criterion for shortlisting – how much water is getting wasted. Sure your kids may enjoy hosing down letters or numbers written on the sidewalk according to the questions you call out, but is there absolutely no other way you can revise the numbers with him? It may take a little more effort to find the right activities, and maybe even some creative changes of your own, but if means wasting less water, why not?

As you make these small and simple changes to your preschool activities, you have a great opportunity to discuss water conservation with your kids. By being more environmentally conscious in the way you carry out the activities, you are giving them a valuable lesson in water conservation, and being a great role model that they can emulate as they grow older.

Benefits of Outdoor Games for Kids

With each passing day, more and more youngsters are getting sucked into the virtual world games for kids. I do this quite often myself – get wrapped up in all the wonderfulness of technology and overlook, rather conveniently, the benefits of playing outdoors. Is it important at all? At that young age, kids should be encouraged to explore nature as the world outside is still very new and exciting to them. If we aren’t ensuring that our kids are spending enough time playing outside, then it’s a sign that we probably aren’t aware of the benefits of outdoor games for kids.

There is so much that kids can do outdoors. Jogging or running; playing tag, blindfold games, hopscotch and other fun games; swinging and playing in the park; participating in sports events – everything that requires your precious little ones to stay outside and move about is a fun outdoor activity or game that they can engage in.

How do Outdoor Games for Kids help?

 

Interacting with nature –

Being out in the fresh air and open space gives kids the opportunity to interact with nature one on one. Nature is a wonderful teacher and kids must be given a fair chance to learn from it. Allow them to venture out and explore independently so that they discover natural phenomena on their own – flowers blooming, leaves falling, ants making their shelters, and so on. They’ll soon know more facts than text books can ever teach them.

Interacting with other kids –

Besides interacting with nature, another great advantage of engaging kids with outdoor games is the freedom from constant parental supervision and the opportunity to play face-to-face (not virtually!) with their friends. Research has shown the calls, rhymes, taunts and jeers that go on in the field help children understand complex speech and language patterns like phonology, lexis, grammar, and syntax, besides developing their social skills and encouraging friendship and bonding. So, the next time your child is all ready to hit the comp, you know where to send him off to!

Developing physical fitness –

Children are rapidly growing little things! They need physical exercise and activities to help their muscles to develop and become stronger. Outdoor games and activities for kids such as swinging, skipping, skating, or riding help them use their whole body and therefore promote healthy growth and development. Using a swing makes children work on all their muscles while holding on, balancing, and swinging back and forth helps them understand the concept of cause and effect. Skates, scooters, and bikes require kids to balance and coordinate constantly, thus making their mind and body work in tandem. Each outdoor game for kids teaches them important skills.

So, go ahead and think of activities that will take your kids outside the confines of the house. Take them to beaches, zoos, forests, and mountains and let them play, because it’s a wonderful day!