Friday, July 19, 2024

Teaching Ideas for World Water Day

by Mark Warner
0 comment
Ages: 5-11
Contributor: Sam Collins

Try out some of these teaching ideas for World Water Day or as part of your ‘water’ topic at any other time of the year!

If you have any other ideas of your own, let us know by adding a comment at the bottom of the page.


  • Write a story with a watery setting. It could be on a lake, by the sea or in a stream.
  • Write a shape (concrete) poem in the shape of a water droplet.
  • Design and write a poster promoting the importance of saving water.
  • Have a debate on “Bottled water vs. Tap water.” This BBC Bitesize resource on debating is useful.
  • Write letters to the council or water company about issues with the water supply, such as pollution or water being wasted.
  • Create a comic strip (using our free templates) that teaches younger children about the water cycle.
  • Write a persuasive advertisement encouraging people to drink more water.
  • Write a short play about the consequences of water pollution. This page has lots of information about river pollution, which the children could use in their work.
  • Read a book with a watery theme, such as The Duck Who Didn’t Like Water, The Rainbow Fish or Kensuke’s Kingdom
  • Use our Under the Sea Posters as discussion starters or prompts for non-fiction writing.
  • Visit our Images to Inspire Gallery for lots of watery images with ready-made ideas for reading, writing and activities.
  • Watch the fantastic short film The Oceanmaker and use one of our English ideas.
  • Our free Rivers Fact Cards can be used as a reading resource or for research.


The Volume and Capacity Pack

  • Estimate how much water you use in a day, or a week. Compare to a friend’s data. Who uses more? This page from GWM water gives the volume of water used in everyday activities such as having a shower or flushing the toilet.
  • Make a rain gauge. Check it and record the rainfall daily. Use this data to create a graph showing the amount of rainfall in your area over a period of time, such as a month.
  • Solve word problems involving measuring and comparing water volumes. This investigation from NRICH is a good challenge.
  • Visit an online shop and find the data for how much water different appliances (such as washing machines or dishwashers) use. Ask the children to compare the appliances and rank them in order of the amount of water used.
  • Measure and compare the capacity of different water containers in the water tray.


The Water Cycle Pack


  • Design an app that could be used to track water usage.
  • Use an art app or program to create a water-themed image.
  • Try a water quiz, or even create your own using Google Forms or an online quiz maker.
  • Follow the route of a river on Google Earth.
  • Edit some photographs of water. What effect do the various functions, such as cropping, or changing the light, have on the image?

Design Technology:

  • Design a water-saving household product. How will it save water? What materials will it be made from? Can you improve any of these products?
  • Make an Archimedes Screw, by following the instructions in this video:

  • Design a machine that uses water in some way.
  • Create a poster showcasing various water conservation techniques.
  • Create a tool or gadget that helps to measure water usage.



  • Learn and perform songs about the importance of water.
  • Use percussion instruments to create soundscapes that evoke different water environments (such as the rainforest, ocean, river).
  • Write a rap about water conservation.
  • Listen to music that was inspired by water, such as Handel’s Water Music.



Physical Education:

  • Organize a water-themed sports session. Try ideas like a water balloon toss or wet sponge relay.
  • Learn about hydration and its importance in sports.

Religious Education:



  • Discuss the importance of water for personal hygiene and health.
  • Use our Personal Safety Pack to discuss water safety.

The Personal Safety Pack

You may also like

Leave a Comment