Week 2: Puddles, Streams, Dams, and Waterfalls

This week, children will focus on what we use water for and the different places we find it, both in their own world and in the world around them. They’ll build different bodies of water outdoors—puddles, streams, dams, and waterfalls. As they experiment, they’ll discover ways to change, increase, or stop the flow of water.  They’ll also notice how some surfaces absorb water (grass, sand, etc.) while others don’t (sidewalks, blacktop, etc.).

These guided activities take place outside; if the weather doesn’t allow for it, use the curriculum for Week 1 or Week 3 instead; the guided activities for those weeks work both indoors or outdoors. 

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5

Morning Circle

25 – 35 minutes

Read and Discuss: I Get Wet

(15 – 20 min.)

Explore and Look: Puddle Pictures

(10 – 15 min.)

Watch and Discuss: Make Your Own Stream

(15 – 20 min.)

Explore and Look: Streams and Rivers

(10 – 15 min.)

Read and Discuss: Water

(15 – 20 min.)

Explore: Draw Waterways

(10 – 15 min.)

Watch and Discuss: Dry Duck, Part 2

(15 – 20 min.)

Watch and Discuss: Beaver's Buildings

(5 – 10 min.)

Watch and Discuss: Building Dams I

(10 – 15 min.)

Watch and Discuss: Building Dams II

(10 – 15 min.)

Learning Centers

15 – 30 minutes

Guided Activity

20 – 30 minutes

Make Puddles

(20 – 30 min.)

Make Streams

(20 – 30 min.)

Make Winding Streams

(20 – 30 min.)

Build a Dam

(20 – 30 min.)

Make a Waterfall

(20 – 30 min.)

Closing Circle

10 – 15 minutes

Share the Day’s Discoveries

(10 – 15 min.)

Share the Day’s Discoveries

(10 – 15 min.)

Share the Day’s Discoveries

(10 – 15 min.)

Share the Day’s Discoveries

(10 – 15 min.)

Share the Week’s Discoveries

(10 – 15 min.)

Day 1

Day 1

Today, children talk about puddles and look at pictures of them. Then, they’ll go outside and make their own. 

Day 2

Day 2

Today, children talk about streams and look at pictures of them. Then they go outside and make their own. 

Day 3

Day 3

Today, children explore making streams that have twists and turns. They experiment with changing the direction the water flows in.

Day 4

Day 4

Today, children explore blocking the flow of water by building dams.  

Day 5

Day 5

Today, children continue to explore dams and then finish off the week by creating a waterfall!