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The facts are in and regardless of how the skies may look during a downpour, clean, abundant water is becoming an increasingly rare, valuable and expensive commodity. Teaching children good water management can be a challenge but it's an important lesson. Let's explore some dynamic and fun ways you can help teach your children that a drop of water is a terrible thing to waste. 

Investigate for Water Leaks
Kids learn by doing, and nothing helps make them aware of water-wise practices better than asking them to tag along while you look for toilet, faucet and showerhead leaks. Another option is to perform a home water audit with them. A water efficiency checklist can help assess problems in your home and show your kids you mean business when it comes to good water management.

Start a Garden
Nothing teaches the "water is vital for life" lesson better than a garden. Take a year-old seed that's been sitting in an envelope, add some water, and you have a pretty spectacular lesson about the power of H2O. Planting a garden may not teach your kids to count the seconds they run the tap when they brush their teeth, but it still has value. After growing their own sunflowers, they'll value moisture more -- and differently. The concept of water won't be limited to its function as a means of making ice cubes or getting clean.

Install a Rain Barrel
As a grownup, you understand that water resources are limited and dependent on seasonal rainfall. One way to bring that lesson home to your kids is with a rain barrel. A couple of generations ago, rain barrels were on every farm and in many residential neighborhoods across Canada. Families harvested rainwater for practical use the way they harvested potatoes or apples. Installing a rain barrel under a downspout will teach firsthand that the notion of an endless supply of water is really an illusion. An empty rain barrel will be a ready reminder to kids that nature can be erratic and unpredictable.


Posted on Sunday, June 23, 2013 at 10:26PM by Registered CommenterSusie | CommentsPost a Comment

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