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When habits are taken as a child, it is easier and more effective, they are engraved in our memory, they become part of our lifestyle without too much effort. So let's take advantage of it for teach children not to waste water, a resource which is already lacking and which will always be very important to preserve.
Italy is the country that uses the most water in Europe. It is hot, it is true, but this does not justify the numbers we are able to reach. According to Istat, it seems that on average each Italian citizen consumes 130/140 liters of drinking water per day. It is an average but it suggests that each of us can do something to reduce this figure, today and in the future. If we start to bring children closer to anti-waste practices, we carry on there is a great need. This does not mean limiting them, giving them orders and tasks but simply directing them towards virtuous habits, with a playful attitude. Because it can also be funny do something good for the environment.
Teach children not to waste water in the bathroom
In washing our teeth and face, and in taking a shower, we are the first to struggle to remember turn off the tap when running water is not needed. It is more comfortable to let it go, in every sense, it is faster, but it is by no means more responsible. To teach a child how to do it, the first step is to do it ourselves, he will learn by imitation and we must be impeccable from this point of view. At the same time we can explain to him why we do this and put her on the game. Count the seconds in which you keeps the water on, by competing for those who pass less, or by associating a rhyme to the time when we keep the tap on to rinse. Being able to do it in a predefined time can become a challenge to be won.
Between bath and shower a baby can be brought to prefer a shower, because of the various games he can play with it. We just have to invent games that can be played in the shower, as long as they don't take too much time, otherwise the consumption of water increases. Today tubs are rare in our apartments, the best thing is to accustom the child to take a shower as soon as possible, proposing it as a "thing for grown-ups" because mum and dad do it too.
A third anti-waste moment in the bathroom is that of double button flush. We immediately teach to use the right one and put on a nice sticker that helps the child not to get confused, and that's it.
Teach children not to waste water in the kitchen
Even in the kitchen there are times when water is wasted and we can immediately set a good example by showing the child what good practices are. When we wash fruit and vegetables, let's do it in a basin of water and not under the tap, then using the same water to water the plants.
Furthermore, if the tap leaks, we can check together where it happens by coloring the water with a few drops of food coloring and it becomes a fun experiment. To better understand the importance of water, the best choice is then to start grow a seedling together with the child. With his eyes he will see that the seed needs light to grow, but above all water, therefore a vital resource and not to be wasted. You will water it early in the morning or in the evening, so that the sun and heat do not evaporate the water before it can be absorbed by the soil. To help ourselves, we can cover it with pebbles, leaves or other to slow down evaporation.
Books to teach children not to waste water
The number of books dedicated to water is unthinkable but just pay attention to find some very interesting titles. I am not referring to technical and scientific volumes but to real novels that convey with their narrative power how important this resource is. Roberto Piumini gives us a masterpiece like The Bumba water, suitable for children aged 7 and over. It is the story of a child who lives in the savannah and who for the first time has to cross it with the jar full of water on his head to take it to the village and meets an old black black man, with a white dog, who asks him for some its water. What will he answer? You can find the answer by buying the book, also on Amazon.
Another title that I dispassionately recommend is "The great adventure of water ", a book pop up delicious that serves to explain in a fun way how the water is distributed, where it comes and how it goes, its characteristics. Suitable for ages 6 and up, always available on Amazon, with illustrations by Sims. If we are looking for ideas to propose experiments with water, excellent we can also find many manuals with original ideas and also careful to avoid waste while becoming familiar with this precious resource.