In this last week of November children are learning about transportation. Today we are focusing on water transportation, so we thought we would share this fun science activity.
Developmental Goal/Activity Objective: To practice making predictions and testing ideas while learning about the properties of water.
- Materials collection from nature (examples: pinecones, pine needles, rocks, wood, acorns, shell, periwinkle, sea glass, walnut, dry lentils, raisin, cashew, etc.)
- Large plastic bin
- Two paper plates with labels sink and float.
Procedures/Strategies: (how to present activity and what children will do)
- First, allow children to go out into the neighbourhood or nearby park and collect materials.
- Bring the materials back. Fill a large bin with water. Put out two paper plates one labelled sink and one labelled float.
- Lay out all the materials collected. Go through each item one by one have children predict whether the item will sink or float and explain their prediction.
- Then test the item in the bin of water. Sort the item to either the sink of float paper plate.
- Have children compare the results to their predictions.