BOZEMAN, Mont. – From discovering what sinks or floats to observing how water helps plants grow, children are natural-born water scientists. Launching on World Water Day, March 22nd, Getting Little Feet Wet is a new resource that helps early childhood educators appeal to young children’s curiosity about the world around them while also emphasizing the importance of water. Developed by the Project WET Foundation, the world leader in interactive, science-based water resources education, Getting Little Feet Wet offers hands-on, field-tested activities that allow young learners to explore water in fun, age-appropriate ways.
“We know from talking with people within the Project WET USA Network—partner organizations across the United States that train tens of thousands of educators each year to teach about water—that demand for a water education guide specifically for teachers working with young children is high,” said Project WET Foundation President and CEO Dennis Nelson. “Early childhood educators are eager to help children understand water, especially in ways that get kids excited about learning, nature and science. Getting Little Feet Wet makes all of that possible.”
Developed in coordination with early childhood experts and educators, Getting Little Feet Wet contains 11 interactive engaging activities that allow young learners to explore many different aspects of water—from water’s unique properties and states, to water in music, art and history. Each activity has different, age-appropriate suggestions to suit both Pre-K and K-2 learners.
Organized around Project WET’s Water Literacy Principles, Getting Little Feet Wet is correlated to educational standards, including those from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the North American Association of Environmental Educators (NAAEE), as well as the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework. The K-2 activity options have also been correlated to Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
The digital version of Getting Little Feet Wet will be available for purchase on World Water Day, a UN-designated observance held every year on March 22nd to raise awareness about water and encourage action to protect and conserve water resources. Those who download the digital version of Getting Little Feet Wet will be able to access suggested resources, specific materials and additional links with a simple click. Print versions of the new book will be available in late April. To learn more about Getting Little Feet Wet, visit http://www.projectwet.org/earlychildhood. To purchase the digital book, visit the Project WET Store. Pre-orders are being accepted for the print version here.