Water: A Basic Ingredient

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In this activity, learners explore healthy choices related to the liquids they drink. The importance of water and milk as essential nutrients for a healthy body is the focus of the experience. Learners discover the importance of drinking six 8 oz. glasses of water a day by taking turns measuring and pouring glasses of water. Learners also collect and read drink labels. The "Extending Activities" section features optional additional activities including a demonstration in which learners identify the different amounts of sugar in drinks. This activity is featured on pp. 14-15 of the "Health House: Food, Fitness, & Fun 24/7!" unit of study for K-2 learners.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 8

Resource Types:
Activity, Demonstration, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Pictures and/or samples of healthy drink choices including water, milk and 100 percent fruit juice
  • Six 8-oz. glasses
  • Water
  • Measuring cups
  • Healthy Choice Journal (see page 38 of PDF)
  • Chart or drawing paper
  • Markers, colored pencils or crayons


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Body
      • Health and Nutrition
  • Mathematics
    • Measurement
      • Units of Measurement
      • Size and Scale
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations

Informal Categories

  • Food and Cooking


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

Includes assesments for student learning:

This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access



  • All rights reserved, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis,

Funding Source:

  • Health Care Excel