Shepparton News

Having fun learning about water

- By Georgia Rossiter

When Shepparton’s Kristy Elrington saw her nephews enjoying the science experiment­s she showed them, she knew she could design some activities to educate children about water.

‘‘After I saw how excited my young nephews get when they do little experiment­s at home and with teachers having to homeschool students, I thought these would be perfect,’’ she said.

Ms Elrington’s four experiment­s have now been featured as part of National Water Week’s Explore Your Backyard online festival.

The experiment­s use items found around the house and could be a good break from online learning for kids and parents, Ms Elrington said.

‘‘I thought they’d be an ideal way to get a little bit of education into the home, but also for fun as well,’’ she said.

One experiment uses a resealable bag to demonstrat­e the water cycle and another mimics how water moves through plants with paper towel.

Ms Elrington said water education was a great way to get kids to start thinking about water conservati­on.

She said understand­ing how water moved through the environmen­t was a great way to nurture an ‘‘environmen­tal mindset’’.

‘‘Starting with the students when they’re young, they really absorb that informatio­n,’’ she said.

‘‘We’ve had students going home and lecturing parents after a kinder education session, so it’s a good age to really get it instilled in their brains.’’

Explore Your Backyard has been developed by the Department of Environmen­t, Land, Water and Planning, Goulburn Valley Water and other water organisati­ons across Victoria to celebrate local waterways.

All resources are available at vwater.vic.gov.au/community Events run from October 18 to 24.

 ?? ?? Splashing fun: Water experiment­s developed by GV Water’s education officer Kristy Elrington have been included in the state’s online learning festival Explore Your Backyard.
Splashing fun: Water experiment­s developed by GV Water’s education officer Kristy Elrington have been included in the state’s online learning festival Explore Your Backyard.

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