A great one for kids! Get a big piece of paper or you could even use a bedsheet. Pour some colourful paints in shallow trays. Tell the children about the many boys and girls in South Sudan who need to walk very far just to get clean water. As an activity get the children to step in the trays and walk across the paper creating some wonderful artwork that shows the difficulty many other children have to just get access to clean, safe water. Consider selling colourful paintings perhaps as part of a silent auction to raise money to provide clean water.
Ask children to think about how great clean water is, how important it is to them every day. Ask them when they use water – think of the different times in the day when they use water. Then ask them to create a hand painting showing their favourite things about water. Maybe they could paint a picture of them drinking a glass of water, using the paddling pool in the summer, watering plants or going swimming. Tell the children that for a lot of children in South Sudan water is not such a great thing, drinking it can often make them ill because they don’t have clean water and they have to drink and swim and play in dirty water. Consider selling the colourful paintings to help raise money to provide clean water.
Raise awareness for children and incorporate this fun activity in your Water Day event. Create slippery slimy batches of “dirty water” and “clean sparkling water” to help children discuss the choices we have.
To create the mix you will need:
Here’s what you do:
It’s fun to play with and great to lead children into a conversation about water. Ask the children whether they prefer the colourful glittery one, or the brown “dirty” one. Help them see that this slime is actually mostly water. Do they prefer dirty horrible water or clean sparkling water? Although we have a choice, children in South Sudan have no choice but to use dirty, horrible water. Tell them that we are raising money so that children in South Sudan can have clean water.