A retelling of the an Aboriginal Australian tale "The Biggest Frog in Australia" by Susan L. Roth is a story not only about animals, but also about thinking outside the box, finding solutions to problems, appreciating each member of the community, and water conservation. All this in a fun book for children that will leave you all laughing.
Books for Children Ages: 3 to 6 years old
Related Discussion Topics: Australian animals, the purposes of water, saving water, laughing, what makes you laugh.
- As children we devised a hilarious game to entertain ourselves and cool down on hot summer days, which we dubbed "Spit Before you Laugh"
What you do: Have one person stand behind the bucket. They are the "laugh-maker." Have everyone else line up near the water source. Each person (except the laugh-maker) must fill their mouth full of water, then try to spit the water out into the bucket before they laugh and instead spill the water all over themselves. The laugh-maker must do as many funny things as they can think of to try to make everyone else laugh. The first person to the bucket without laughing gets to be the laugh-maker for the next round. Great group game and a fun way to get wet without running the sprinkler.
- Fill a small pool, bucket, or your bathtub with water. Get out lots of cups and containers and have some dumping and pouring fun. This activity helps children begin to understand spatial relationships and size, as well as being a sensory activity.
- Brainstorming ways to conserve water around your own house. Pick a couple and draw a picture to hang where it will help your family remember to conserve water.