required: four somehwat large containers, all the same size, two labeled
"ocean" and two labeled "cloud", two cups, and a water cycle chart (optional,
but it really helps).
time is about 5-10 minutes.
game is appropriate for all ages.
least 20-25 minutes is needed to play this game.
This is a great game to play in the spring when it's been raining a lot,
and can also be played to accompany a lesson about why pollution affects
Divide the kids up into two relay teams, lined up single file, each behind
a bucket labeled "ocean" and full of water. Give the first in line the
cup and on the signal, the first in each line will fill his cup, run across
the field to where there are the empty "cloud" buckets, dump the water
in, run back and hand the cup to the next in line. This continues until
all the water has been moved from the ocean to the cloud (EVAPORATION),
at which point the whole line runs over and lines up behind the cloud bucket.
All the water is then transported back to the ocean (PRECIPITATION).
This is a wonderful game! Talk about the water cycle, about why the buckets
didn't have the same amounts of water by the end (some was lost!! where
did it go??) and enjoy!