Smart Water play

We know kids love to play with water so we have got a few ideas to keep the fun happening but lowering the amount of water you use. Try them out and let us know what you think!


Smart Water play ideas booklet

Tips for centres

Are you an Early Childhood educator and looking for ideas or ways to be smart with water?


Being a Smart Water Early Childhood centre is a helpful guide and includes:

  • Simple water saving practices you can adopt within your centre
  • Water facts - e.g. how much water does a running hose actually use?
  • Exploring water - where does it come from, water cycle, Te Ao Maori view, what is it used for?
  • Pictorial water treatment process
  • Water play learning ideas
  • Links to Te Whaariki
  • ECE case study - Newcastle Kindergarten
  • Smart Water song lyrics

Smart Water Song

The Smart Water Song encourages pre-school children to save water and turn off leaky taps.  It is written and performed by well-known NZ children’s entertainer, Chris Lam Sam from THE FUNKY MONKEYS.  You can find the lyrics here.

Case studies

Newcastle Kindergarten, Ngaruawahia is doing some interesting things to save water in their centre.

Newcastle Kindergarten case study

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