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The miracle of water

What to do with this activity?

Water is a resource we too often take for granted. It's vitally important for plants, animals and human beings. Well over 50% of the human body is made up of water. The water that comes from our taps has been cleaned and treated, and has to travel long distances to get to our homes. Let's not waste it. With climate change, and as the world population increases, water is sometimes in dangerously short supply.

It's amazing to think that all the water on our earth has been there for billions of years and keeps getting re-cycled because of evaporation and rainfall. Watch the video above by BBC Ideas and find out how water behaves in unexpected ways. Discover that the water in your body might once have been inside a dinosaur!


  • Why am I doing this?

    Reading is like a muscle – the more your child practises it the stronger their ability to read becomes. Reading with your child, encouraging them and giving them space to read makes reading part of their everyday lives.

  • How can I do more?

    Talk to your child about which books they liked and what they think would be good to read next. Look out for other activities for your child’s age group in your local library.
    Use magazines and newspapers for ideas, words and facts. Use the pictures as well as the words. Show your child different types of books - storybooks but also poetry and factual books for children, for example on nature, animals or insects. Encourage your child’s interest in reading about topics they enjoy, for example animals, music and football. Enjoying reading is the most important thing. 

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