However, if you happen to be an Australian preschool teacher you will understand me when I say that the arrival of our new rain water tank at preschool was very exciting indeed.
But wait, it gets better. It has a hand pump attached to it!
Every day our kids ask for water to enhance their play - and like teachers across Australia we try to find the balance between providing for children's need for water play with the very real need to conserve water and teach children to use water wisely.
Now we have guilt free water to use for children's play plus a gauge to tell us when we need to slow our use of water until it rains again. No water in the tank - no water to play with.
Our new tank will help our children to respect every drop of rain water we collect. The water pump will help them become more independent when they need water, and hopefully put an end to the sneaky trips to the bathroom to fill up containers. Happy days indeed.
What do you do to empower children to become sustainable water users?
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