Educational Activities for Kids & Young Adults

Want to have fun while learning about water? Explore the links below to learn about different water topics while playing online games, solving word puzzles, conducting activities and experiments, watching videos, and making art! 

Demonstration Videos

Stormwater. How does it impact our rivers and streams?

When it rains, all that water picks up dirt, debris, and pollution left on city streets. It enters our sewer system and can overflow into our rivers and streams. What impact does this have on local waterways? Would you want to go swimming or boating in a river polluted with sewage? Do you think that is good for fish? This demonstration shows the challenges caused by too much rain. Watch and try it at home using this activity guide with materials and instructions!

Online Games

Screenshot of the DiscoverWater.org homepage

DiscoverWater.org

Turn screen time into learning time with free online water games designed for kids ages 7-12! Explore interactive activities and quizzes about different water topics, and build a personalized "Take Action!" poster at DiscoverWater.org.


Pollution Awareness: What's Wrong with This Picture?

Scout out the scene and look for places where someone's actions might be harming the environment! Check out this detective game on the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) website.

Screenshot of the Test Your WaterSense game

Test Your WaterSense

Help water-saving hero Flo navigate through a maze of water pipes and answer water-efficiency questions while avoiding Water Waster monsters! Check out the US EPA Test Your WaterSense game and learn more on the US EPA WaterSense for Kids webpage


Puzzles

Image of our Pittsburgh Water Words Crossword Puzzle

Pittsburgh Water Words Crossword Puzzle

Quiz yourself on water words relevant to Pittsburgh! Fill out this crossword puzzle on the Crossword Labs website or download a printable version. Check your answers using the key


Pollution Awareness Word Search Puzzle

Learn more about stormwater pollution and how to prevent it while completing a word search puzzle designed for grades 6-9! Check out the puzzle on the US EPA website or download a printable version.

Screenshot of the Stormwater Runoff Challenge crossword puzzle

Take the Stormwater Runoff Challenge

Test your understanding of water facts and pollution with this fun crossword puzzle from the US EPA. The printable crossword puzzle can also be used as a placemat. 


Water Word Scramble

Flex your brain by unscrambling words and learning water facts! Put the scrambled letters in the correct order to complete the sentences in this printable US EPA word scramble designed for grades 4-8.

A pipe maze showing the path of drinking water from the river to your home and back to the river again.

Fix a Leak Puzzle Sheet

Help water-saving hero Flo complete these word puzzles to fix water-wasting leaks around the house! This printable US EPA puzzle sheet is available in English or Español. Learn more on the US EPA WaterSense for Kids webpage


Drinking Water Maze

Follow your water as it travels from the river to your home and back to the river again! This printable maze is available in English or Español

Activities & Experiments

Stormwater Walk

Be a stormwater sleuth! Take a walk around your home or school and tally things that affect stormwater, such as trees, downspouts, and storm drains. Use this activity designed by the University of Nebraska - Lincoln for grades 4-6 to calculate a stormwater score for your home or school.


Crumpled Watershed Model

Make your own watershed model with just a few sheets of paper! Follow this activity designed by the University of Nebraska - Lincoln for grades 4-6 to make it "rain" over your watershed model and learn how watersheds work.


Aquatic Crusader Experiments

Join Darby Duck, the Aquatic Crusader in the fight against water pollution! Try out the seven experiments on the US EPA website to learn about the characteristics of water and how it interacts with other elements in the environment, some of which pollute it.


Green Your Home: Improving Water Conservation

It’s easy to waste water and even easier to take clean water for granted. This activity from Project Learning Tree has questions and tips to help you identify places where you can make changes to save water. Printable versions are available in English and Español.


Green Your Home: Improving Outdoor Spaces

There are many simple things you can do to make your yard, patio, or windows better for your family, wildlife, and the environment. Use the questions in this activity from Project Learning Tree to identify positive changes you can make. Printable versions are available in English and Español.


What's the Value of That Tree?

Trees do more than provide products such as fruits and wood. They also improve air quality by absorbing carbon dioxide and pollution, reduce flood risks due to rainfall, and provide energy savings by reducing the need for heating and cooling. This activity from Project Learning Tree will help you calculate the value of a tree. A printable version is available in English.

Coloring Pages

Coloring sheet that explains how to wash your hands properly

Learn about the water cycle and good water habits while making art

 

Learn about COVID-19 safety tips and thank essential workers

  • Wash Your Hands Coloring Page in English
  • Stay Home Coloring Page in English
  • Thank You to Essential Workers Coloring Page in English
  • Thank You to Utility Workers Coloring Page in English
  • Thank You Coloring Book in English

 

Snap a photo of the finished product and tag us @pgh2o on Twitter or Facebook for the chance to be featured on this webpage! You can also use the COVID-19 coloring pages as thank you signs for essential workers.

Additional Videos

Screenshot of Freddy the Fish Teaches About Stormwater video on YouTube

Freddy the Fish Teaches About Stormwater

In this YouTube video, Freddy the Fish teaches kids about what happens to rain after it hits the ground, where storm drains lead to, and what we can do to help prevent water pollution. It was produced by the North Central Texas Council of Governments Environment & Development Department and intended for elementary school aged audiences. 

Screenshot of the Crash Course Kids Basics of Freshwater YouTube video

The Basics of Freshwater: Crash Course Kids 14.1

We have a lot of water on Earth, but we also can't actually drink much of it. That's because most of the water on Earth is saltwater. We humans, like a lot of living things, need freshwater to survive. In this episode of Crash Course Kids on YouTube based on 5th grade science, Sabrina Cruz talks about the difference between freshwater and saltwater and why freshwater is so important.