PBS Parents Water Conservation Activity Materials

Throughout much of the developing world, water is the most precious commodity around. It is necessary for many people to walk miles to reach drinkable water and as such, the utmost care must be taken in delivering clean water back to their kids and families. Every drop lost along the journey home is a small tragedy. This simple water conservation awareness activity will demonstrate the delicate the process of traveling with water which happens in countless communities across the globe.  Hopefully it will inspire your kids to be conscious of water scarcity while brushing teeth, taking a shower and playing beneath a sprinkler this summer.

What You’ll Need

  • Wax Paper
  • Tape
  • Straw
  • Water
PBS Parents Water Conservation Activity

What to Do:

  1. Tear off a sheet of wax paper and tape it down smooth to a table.
  2. Place a thumbprint-size droplet of water at one end of the wax paper.
  3. Carefully blow air through the straw in an attempt to move the water to the other side of the wax paper without it breaking apart into separate droplets. This simulates the journey some people must take to transport clean water back to their villages without spilling a drop. *Note: the bigger the water droplet, the more of a challenge it will be to keep the water from breaking into multiple droplets.
  4. Experiment with the angle of the straw and the strength of your breath through the straw to observe if/when the water droplet becomes fractured during its trip across the wax paper.
  5. Slurp up the water at the end — because you wouldn’t want to waste any, right?
PBS Parents Water Conservation Activity IN ACTION

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