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More people have a mobile phone than a toilet?

As amazing as it sounds, it’s true. Help spread the word and donate your voice for Toilet Day 2012. Over 2.5 billion people don’t have a toilet. It’s dangerous, pollutes water sources, spreads disease, and causes thousands of deaths each day. It’s not a cultural issue, it’s an infrastructure one. Together we can change this.

(via Learning through Landscapes)

Water is an intriguing and magical substance and a brilliant resource for learning, especially outdoors. Children are drawn to it and love playing with it! Water offers an incredibly wide range of experiences that motivate, fascinate, excite and satisfy young explorers. By giving children direct experiences of harvesting, using and conserving water, you can build in them a sense of care, respect and understanding of this precious resource.

We hope that you’ll enjoy making use of the ideas below and we’d love you to show us what you get up to! You can send news of your own activity, preferably with pictures, to or even upload your own pictures to the National School Grounds Week Facebook page.

Resources for Early Years

Waste not, want not – conserving water
We can’t take water for granted. Looking at ways of conserving water will encourage children to understand the value of water.

picIt’s elemental – water in the environment
Water is vital for life. Use these activities to explore the properties of water, and at the same time support their understanding of their world.

Splash happy – having fun with water
Water offers lots of opportunity for creative fun. Use these activities to get children problem solving and developing physically through music and dance.

Resources for Schools

Waste not, want not – conserving water
Looking at ways of conserving water will not only help your school grounds become more self sufficient, but also support curriculum subjects such as science and design and technology.

It’s elemental – water in the environment
Your grounds can offer children lots of opportunities for exploring the value of water, whether it’s watching how plants thrive or perish, or constructing a river and exploring how the flow impacts on river banks and vegetation.

Feel the force – water as an energy source
picUse these activities to encourage children to understand the value of water as a power source – for good and bad – and at the same time support curriculum subjects such as history, science, geography and maths.

Splash happy – getting creative with water
Use these activities to get creative, encourage children to understand the value of water – and at the same time support curriculum subjects such as science, maths, music and dance.

If you’ve enjoyed using these resources why not have a look at other support resources and lesson ideas for teaching outdoors by searching for ‘FREE’ in the resources library.

If you’re after something specific for your summer term curriculum, search through our library – or email to see how we can help.

Each year, on 23 March, the World Meteorological Organization, its 189 Members and the worldwide meteorological community celebrate World Meteorological Day around a chosen theme. This day commemorates the entry into force, on that date in 1950, of the WMO Convention creating the Organization. Subsequently, in 1951, WMO was designated a specialized agency of the United Nations System.

This year, the theme is “Powering our future with weather, climate and water”.

International World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

An international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day.

The theme for 2012 is Water and Food Security.

Download and print out these materials for your World Water Day event or classroom and learn more about this years topic of ‘Water and Food Security’!


Water for Food Wallchart – 3 x A3 >>


How much water Download Game >>


Download Poster
216 x 85 cm >>


Download Lists 2 x A4 >>