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Kids’ Science: Float Stuff on Water

July 28th, 2008 · 6 Comments

Here’s a little household science for kids. It’s very simple and lots of fun. Let your child know that you are going to do a science experiment together. floats-or-sinksFill the kitchen or bathroom sink with water. Find things from around the house (buttons, bottle caps, etc.) and see if they float. Ask your child before she puts something in the water if she thinks it’s going to float.

Advanced: when you’re finished, put the items on a towel and bring them to the kitchen table. Examine the items while you log the results on a piece of paper. Keep it simple. Just make two columns—‘Floats’ and ‘Sinks.’ Put the chart in a folder. Later, when mom or dad comes home, or a neighbor comes over, get the folder out for your child’s reference. Have your child quiz the person about whether they think each item on the list would sink or float.

Be prepared, your child will want to get the chart out every time someone new comes over. Don’t discourage her from asking the same person the same questions as yesterday or last week. She’s reinforcing her command of a variety of skills by repeating the process. Use repetition as a prompt to advance the experiment. Conduct the experiment over with new items. Make a new chart. Suggest that your child log a person’s correct answers on the back of the chart: Dad: 7/10; Aunt Susan: 8/10; Michael 10/10, etc. This adds a mathematical component to the activity and furthers your child’s grasp of collecting and evaluating data. The important thing is that your child is having fun while navigating scientific procedures.

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Anna // Nov 17, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    Nicely done. Great parent friendly activity for around the house. This one is so easy and so much fun. You’re right, my son keeps quizzing his dad over and over again as if he’d never quizzed him in the first place. So we keep finding new things to float so we can make new charts. I highly recommend this activity!

  • 2 Beth // Nov 22, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    I agree, great activity! I also like your “fun with magnets” article. My daughters LOVED fishing in the kitchen sink.

  • 3 Spaghetti Box Kids // Nov 24, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    Thanks for the wonderful feedback. Hope this is an activity you can do again and again.

    Beth—I’m glad your daughter enjoyed fishing in the kitchen sink. What could be better, right? Hopefully you snapped a couple photos for posterity’s sake.

  • 4 Cara // Mar 8, 2009 at 11:06 pm

    I love your web-site. This activity is a big hit. My daughter loves hunting around the house for things to test float. Keep up the great work, I always find something new each time I come to your site.

  • 5 Spaghetti Box Kids // Mar 12, 2009 at 12:15 am

    Thanks for the kind words. I’m glad you have fun with this activity.

  • 6 Jan // Mar 14, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    Great ideas here. Nice job extending the science into documentation, chart making, etc. This one’s going to get alot of miles.
    Thanks for the no-nonsense website.

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