Below are a few activity suggestions you may enjoy while working on the Water Badge:
• Take a field trip to a local Dam, river, lake or ocean.
• Take a virtual field trip to the Spokane Aquifer at http://www.spokaneaquifer.org/kids/vfte/
• Visit the EPA’s website at http://water.epa.gov/learn/kids/drinkingwater/gamesandactivies.cfm for fun
interactive games and activities that teach about water
• Visit the Ground Water Foundation’s website and have your girls create their own water filtration systems.
http://www.groundwater.org/kc/activity7.html This activity is fun, easy and educational.
• Complete the All The Water In The World activity below
All the Water in the World
Five gallon bucket
Three clear jars (one labeled freshwater, one groundwater, and one for rivers and lakes.)
Blue food coloring (optional: helps to see the water in the jars)
Fill the five gallon bucket with water. This represents all the water on earth including the oceans, lakes, rivers, ponds, groundwater, clouds, ice caps, etc.
Using the tablespoon, transfer 25 tablespoons to the jar labeled freshwater. Of all the water available on our planet, this is all the freshwater we have. The water remaining in the five gallon bucket represents all the salt water on the earth.
Next, transfer 8 tablespoons of water from the freshwater jar to the groundwater jar. Groundwater is all water located in the ground.
Finally, transfer 1/10 of a tablespoon (about 25 drops from the eyedropper) from the fresh water jar and place it in the rivers and lakes jar.
What now remains in the fresh water jar represents the water in our atmosphere and clouds (rain, snow, etc.) as well as the water that is frozen in our polar ice caps and glaciers.
Look at the water in each container. How important do you think it is to protect the small bit of water that we can actually use and drink that is located in the groundwater and lakes and rivers?