waterways This activity teaches children how waterways such as ponds, lakes, rivers and estuaries, intersect with each other. This activity coincides with our monthly curriculum, which details the uses and importance of water; it is an ongoing learning experience.


  • To help children distinguish between the different types of waterways and how they intersect and interact with each other

Before You Start: Gather materials needed: Painter's drop cloth, large brown bags, paint, paint brushes, art smocks.

Let's Get Started! Step 1. After careful discussions on the importance of waterways (include picture books and field trips), have the children draw a simple stream and then progress to pond, river, estuary and finally the sea.

Step 2. The idea is to start from smallest stream to largest sea. The last step is to figure out how they intersect and connect to form a larger body of water.

Step 3. Discuss the importance of each waterway and how they are important to us and to our earth.

Step 4. It is important to have the discussion while the activity is taking place, as this is a group discussion and project.

Step 5. The size of the activity is up to you! Remember to display it so that you may use this as a learning tool for the rest of your water theme month.

Furthermore: This activity may be pinned on a wall or placed on the floor; it is a group activity. Discuss waterways and draw a small example on paper. Original will be on a much larger scale.

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