WHAT IS WATER?
A clear, colourless liquid. Water is very important for all living things. Without water, nothing could survive.
CARRY OUT THE ACTIVITIES BELOW TO EXPLORE THE USES AND PROPERTIES OF WATER
Go for a walk around your home and garden taking photos of all the places where water can be found. You can discuss what the water is used for in each example e.g. water from the kitchen tap can be used for drinking, cooking, washing dishes etc.
Fill a sink, bowl or basin with water and allow your child to play. You can add toys, scoops, watering cans etc to allow your child to pour, splash and move the water. Discuss with them how the water moves and acts. Can they make the water ripple or create small waves?
Make some ice cubes and place on a plastic plate. Ask them what they think will happen to the ice cubes if they are left out. Allow them to observe the ice cubes over time and discuss what the word melting means.
Discuss how the liquid water could be turned back into ice. They should be familiar with the term freezing.
NOTE - This activity must be done by an adult and care should be taken when using heating water.
Half fill a pan of water and place on the hob. Ask your child to describe how the water looks and behaves. Start heating the water and ask your child what they think will happen. Watch the water as it heats asking your child to observe and describe what they see. They should be familiar with the term boiling and understand how to keep themselves safe.