Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Sing to the Power: A Social Justice Program for Children Grades 4-5

Activity 4: Decorating Water Bottles

Activity time: 10 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • Newsprint from Activity 3, Water Conservation Brainstorm
  • Plain plastic bottles of water with sports tops
  • Permanent markers in a variety of colors
  • Poster board and color markers
  • Optional: Smocks for children to use, and newspaper to cover work surface

Preparation for Activity

  • Set out materials where all can reach them.
  • Optional: Protect your work surface with newspaper. You may also offer smocks to children to prevent their getting permanent marker on their clothes.

Description of Activity

While single-use water bottles can be a huge source of garbage and wasted energy, this activity allows participants to turn plastic bottles into attractive, reusable reminders to conserve water.

Direct children's attention to the list of conservation tips they have generated. Tell them they will decorate water bottles in ways that remind people to take care of our water supply. For example, they can write messages such as "Pour leftover water on a plant" or "Shorter showers." They can also add any decorative touches they like.

Have participants remove and recycle any paper labels on the bottles before decorating the bottles with permanent markers.

As participants work, discuss to whom they might give the bottles. Who do they think needs to change their actions around water use? Who do they think would be most receptive to the message? What do they hope the recipients of the bottles will learn? What could the children learn from the recipients? Then, how could they use new information they learn?