This morning we watched Sesame Street and the kids loved watching Elmo try to put different objects in some water to make a boat for a pet rock. So, I changed my plans for school (at least, I would have if I’d made plans for today….) and decided we’d do our own sinking and floating experiment.
I gathered up some random objects and made up a quick chart for the kids to record their results on. First, they looked at each object, picked them up, and made their hypothesis about what would happen. I’d put out a pencil, a fork, a button, a screw, a wooden block, and a penny for them to test.
Next, they put the objects in the water and drew what happened.
Tobi was so proud of work.
I thought we would be done, but the kids had more ideas. They wanted to see if they could make the sinking objects able to float.
Some ideas worked better than others.
Best of all, they had fun. They thought up their own ideas and tested them out. If something didn’t work, they tried something different. After the initial guidance I gave to help them make their guesses and record their results, I just sat back and took pictures.
I also happened to find a good website for kids science experiment ideas!
What science experiments have you done or would like to do with your kids?