Monday, May 4, 2015
Will it float?
Suggest that children look around for things that are expendable — twigs, leaves, stones, egg shells, pencils, straws, popsicle sticks, aluminum plates, ping pong ball, napkin, comb, and so on.
The objective is to predict whether or not these objects will float. To test the prediction, use a large container with water and check floating vs. sinking.
Children are natural scavengers, so why not make them collectors for a purpose?
In addition to the actual experience, kids will learn about the words that describe water. For example, you can discuss the different sounds made by water—splashing, bubbling, dropping, roaring, and trickling.
How about the way water feels? Hot, cold, lukewarm, icy, fast running, slow running.
What are the various uses of water? To drink, play in, wash clothes, cook with, water gardens, clean windows and take a bath.
And finally, how many places can you name where water is found? Lakes, oceans, streams, inside plumbing, puddles, dams, ditches, ponds, fountains, and so on