I like doing really simple science activities with the kids to sharpen their observation skills.
Earlier this week, we did the infamous “Will it Sink or Float” experiment. My intention wasn’t for them to necessarily gain an understanding of why or how an object floats, but rather for them to have fun while testing their predictions.
Before we began, I asked the kids to tell me what they thought “sinking” or “floating” meant. My eldest correctly answered with, “if it sinks it means it goes under the water and if floats it stays on top of the water!”
Next, I asked my 5 year old what he thought would float in the water. He responded with, “hmmm, fish, dolphins, whales, boats, bottles, cans and duckys!”
I then asked my 4 year old what she thought would float in the water. She replied (while pointing at her older brother) “same as him and also Thomas”. I’m fairly certain she was referring to a Thomas, the tank engine bath toy that we own!
Here’s how we did the experiment:
1. I asked them to gather objects to test whether they would sink or float. They brought me ponies, plastic cupcakes, a Lego man and a toy dolphin. I added the metal spoon, a plastic spoon, a rubber ring and a ball made of aluminum foil.
2. I asked the kids to separate the objects based on whether they
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Jodi is originally from Montréal, Quebec but spent a few years in Northern New Brunswick after graduating from University. She moved to Kamloops in the Spring of 2010 with her family and works as an educational assistant. Her 7 and 8 year old keep her really busy as they love exploring the area and enjoying what Kamloops has to offer!