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Growing Healthy Kids


Krizia Melendez, PhD, MPH, CHES
Health Program Manager, 
[email protected]


WFFT Educational Activities

Activities for the classroom and at home

Learning about the importance of water consumption can be fun and easy to incorporate into classroom curriculum or do at home.

  • The Rings of Fun highlight creative classroom ideas for physical activities, nutritious snacks and family engagement! Each activity lists the corresponding Early Learning Development Standards to provide a quick reference for teachers who are incorporating the standards into their curriculum.
  • Water Taste Test Activity of different temperatures or flavored (unsweetened)/sparkling waters), and have them rank them based on preference (pdf)
  • Water Recipes from West Virginia University Extension
  • Plants need sunlight and water from Education.com 
  • “Sugar Shockers” from CDC. Demonstrate the number of teaspoons of sugar in various beverages by filling baggies with sugar, using sugar packets, or stacking sugar cubes. 
  • Water Tasting Activity for young children from KinderTown 
  • ”Water Taste Test Family Challenge” includes a table for tracking. Suggests including both a chilled sample and a room temperature sample for each brand in the taste test.
  • Thirstin’s Wacky Water Adventure from US Environmental Protection Agency
    1. Water Taste Test Challenge from Harvard University
    2. Water Ranking Activity from National Kidney Foundation

    Health Fairs and Events

    Events and celebrations are a major part of today’s culture. It is important as leaders that we model and educate community members our commitment to healthy lifestyles by striving to create a healthy environment. This includes offering healthy food choices, providing opportunities for physical activity and making water freely available. 

    The Growing Healthy Kids Columbus Coalition developed a campaign called Healthy Gatherings. On this page you will find resources to assist you in planning your next event, including our 6 steps to hosting a Healthy Gathering and ways to make water easily and readily available. You can then use the Healthy Gatherings Scorecard to assess how you did.


    Giveaways and Attractions

    Attract people to your table with giveaways that promote water, such as magnets, stickers and water bottles, or try one of the following interactive tabling activities:

    Drinking Water Week

    For more than 40 years the American Water Works Association and its members have used Drinking Water Week as a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to recognize the vital role water plays in our daily lives. 

    This campaign typically takes place early to mid May everywhere. For exact dates and details visit The American Water Works Association: https://www.awwa.org/Events-Education/Drinking-Water-Week