Free Resources About Lakes and Rivers

April 17, 2020

Jeannette Tuionetoa

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When teaching kids about lakes and rivers this year, ensure you share the spiritual meaning as well. Explore these resources about lakes and rivers with your homeschool as you teach them about a river flowing where they will never thirst again.

Free Resources About Lakes and Rivers

I heard this absolutely beautiful worship song recently. It says, “Everything lives where the river runs.” I probably have listened to it a good twenty times just this week. Sometimes in life, we can feel parched. Amen?

There is no way I could separate what a river is in creation with what it represents in the Bible. Before we get into learning about rivers and lakes for our kids, I wanted to take a moment to remind you of what it means to us as believers.

Streams of water are symbolic in God’s Word, often referring to eternal life.

In Isaiah 12:3, it says with joy. You will draw water from the wells of salvation.

In Jeremiah 2:13, Jeremiah rebuked the Israelites for committing two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.

John 4, explains how Jesus purposefully stops for the woman at the well to take from Him the water of (eternal) life so she will never thirst again (spiritual).

In John 7:38, Jesus tells us those who believe in him will have streams of living water flowing from them.

With these verses, I want to challenge you to remember the joy He has set before us in eternal life, as in Isaiah 12:3.

Heed the warning of Jeremiah 2:13, and stop trying to fight your battles yourself or look to the world for answers (with your own cistern).

Stop trying to do it yourself, use worldly things to quench your thirst, or wait until you are better to give it all to Christ. He will meet us where we are like Jesus did the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4. Only in him and turning toward him, can we be fulfilled.

Just like we need physical water to sustain us in the flesh, so do we need His word to renew and refresh us as in John 7:38. If the rivers of living water aren’t flowing from you, then go to him, and drink! Get in your word and pray.

I really needed some encouragement and truth this week. I thought maybe someone else out there might need some as well. This short lesson on John 7:37 – 39 helped me.

A lake with a mountain in the background
Image by Pexels from Pixabay

Here are a few Bible lessons and activities to add to your rivers and lakes lessons with your kids:

Experiment: ‘Water pouring down a string’ – living water | Creative Kids Work

Preschool Bible Lesson: Jesus is the Living Water | Ministry-to-Children

Children’s Sermon, John 7:37-39, Rivers of Living Water | Sermon Writer

I’m Praying A New Prayer + Rivers Of Living Water FREE Printable Coloring Page | Mary Dean Draws

Now, to learn all about rivers and lakes from God’s creation. There are fun ways to teach your kids about rivers and lakes.

Here are some hands-on and engaging resources to help your kids learn about rivers and lakes from home:

Resources To Learn About Rivers {With A Global Twist!} | Kid World Citizen

Activities for Kids To Learn About Rivers and Lakes | Natures Path

FREE Rivers Interactive Game | BrainPop

Weird Waters Gallery | National Geographic Kids

A Visit To Beautiful Rivers And Lakes With The Kids (Water Cycle Part 1) | Mango Juniors

There are pretty interesting things to learn about rivers and lakes.

Rivers are actually a really important part of the water cycle. They act as drainage systems for the Earth’s land surface. They carry water, moisture, and all types of nutrients to provide food and drink for many animals.

Humans also need rivers as they provide us with transportation routes for exploration and restoration. All this makes them prime learning resources for kids. 

Wonder why we should study rivers with lakes?

Rainfall flows down hills and gathers in areas called watersheds. These watersheds or valleys form little streams that form rivers. Rivers run into lakes (and oceans).

Clouds over the lakes (and oceans) collect water, which moves over the land to give it rain. Both rivers and lakes are essential to the water cycle.

If you look at an aerial photo of the Earth, you would see that it may seem as if it has arteries running through it. Those are the rivers that connect the lands to lakes and the oceans, allowing for the circulation of nutrients, sediments, and living creatures throughout the planet. It is pretty amazing!

Check out these FREE resources about lakes and rivers to teach your kids about these amazing bodies of water.

Animal Habitat Printables Land Animals Ponds and Rivers, Oceans

Animal Habitats Printables Land Animals, Ponds, and Rivers, Oceans

FREE Printables Geography Rivers, Lakes, Mountains | A Reason for Homeschool

Rivers, Lakes and Water Quality Unit Crossword Puzzle | Science from Murf LLC

Landform and Body of Water FREE Cut and Paste Match | Tracy Pippin

Freshwater Ecosystems: FREE Printables and Science Projects

Fresh Water Ecosystem Free Printables and Science Projects

Cross the River FREE Board Game |

Sketch a Habitat FREE Worksheet: Lake |

How to Draw a Lake FREE Download | Easy Drawing Guides

The Great Lakes for Kids FREE Book | Activity Mom

FREE Bodies of Water Vocabulary Pack – Geography Activities | Puzzles to Print

Ponds, Lakes, And Rivers Unit Study Resources…And FREE Unit Study Planner | As We Walk Along the Road

Ponds and Rovers FREE Preschool Unit | A Teaching Mommy

FREE The River by Gary Paulsen End-of-Book Writing Prompts | Rosa Mauer

FREE River Quiz, Label It!, and Map Printouts | Enchanted Learning

Rivers and Streams – FREE Downloadable Hidden Words Worksheet to Print | Easy Science for Kids

FREE River Fact Cards, Map, Worksheet | Teaching Ideas

FREE River Worksheets | 3D Geography

Lakes FREE Quiz | Help Teaching

FREE Lake Facts & Worksheets | KidsKonnect

Isaiah 43:19

“Behold, I will do something new,

Now it will spring forth;

Will you not be aware of it?

I will even make a roadway in the wilderness,

Rivers in the desert.

Free Resources About Lakes and Rivers

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