The water cycle is an early and important lesson in science. While it is often easy for students to understand that water changes form and moves through a cycle, it can be difficult for them to remember all the stages and what happens in each stage. Use classroom craft projects to help reinforce what you have taught and engage your kinesthetic learners in hands-on activities.
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Water Cycle Mobile
A mobile is a hanging sculpture and can be a great arts and crafts activity that can illustrate the water cycle. Students can create a circular mobile where something from each stage in the water cycle is hung from a ring or a paper plate in the proper order. Encourage students to be creative in coming up with a symbol for each stage. Hang their mobile in the classroom as visual reinforcements of the stages of the water cycle.
Divide students into six small groups and assign five of them one of the stages of the water cycle: radiation, evaporation, condensation, precipitation and run-off. Assign the sixth group an overview. Tell them that each of the groups need to plan a quilt square that explains their stage of the water cycle while the overview group will be planning a square that has a title and gives general information about the water cycle. Then give each group an 18-by-18-inch cotton fabric square and fabric pens. Have them create squares and then assemble all the squares together into a single quilt to hang in the classroom.
After reviewing all the stages of the water cycle, give each student a piece of yarn or a pipe cleaner. Bring out beads of several colours, including dark blue, light blue, white, clear, yellow and white. Have students brainstorm which colours could apply to which stage of the water cycle and have them explain why. Then have them put the beads onto the pipe cleaner or yarn in the proper order and tie it together to form a bracelet. This can serve as a review of the water cycle and its stages.
Water Cycle Construction Art
Give each student a piece of blue construction paper and have them create a three-dimensional drawing of the water cycle. Give them supplies such as cotton balls to serve as clouds, blue yarn to glue on for water, yellow bottle caps to act as the sun and sponges to represent the ground soaking up water. Encourage students to think creatively as they create their picture. Display them on the classroom wall.
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