A Smart Water pilot in early childhood centres was so successful it’s been run again.
The 20-minute Smart Water show hosted by Chris Lam Sam (a former Funky Monkey) is all about water – what we use it for, the rain cycle, water songs and how to save water. The show, aimed at three to five year olds, took place around the Waikato district on 3 December, Waipā on 4 December and Hamilton on 5 December.
Smart Water Coordinator Michelle Templeton says the show aims to provide children with a greater understanding of how water gets from source to tap while encouraging them not to waste it.
“There are more than 300 early childhood centres in the sub-region and water play is a key part of the curriculum, particularly in the summer. Encouraging centres to be mindful of their water use without compromising children’s play and learning experience has huge water-saving potential.”
Cathy Rogers Centre Manager at Cumberland Early Education in Hamilton says the children really enjoyed the show.
“Chris made learning about water conservation fun and the children really got into it. Children were excitedly telling their parents at the end of the day to turn the taps off to save water.“
A Smart Water song and music video has also been developed for young children.
Smart Water play ideas for children can be found on the Smart Water website smartwater.org.nz/smart-water-play
The Smart Water Starts With You! sub-regional summer campaign aims to make long-term change to how we use water and is a joint venture between Hamilton City Council, Waikato District Council and Waipā District Council.
Hamilton, Te Awamutu, Pirongia and Waikato district moved to Water Alert Level One at the start of the month. Water Alert Level One means using a sprinkler between 6-8am and 6-8pm or hand-held hosing at anytime.