Educators understand that children learn better when they are interested in the subject. Because young children love playing around in water, a smart teacher will use their interest in liquid fun to encourage her students to learn.
Children are fascinated by floating objects. Cover the floor with plastic shower curtains. Provide every two students with a tub of water, a plastic sheet with a line drawn down the middle and a variety of objects. Students will place each object in the water, one at a time. The objects that float will go on the top of the right of the plastic sheet below the word ‘Float.’ The objects that don’t float will go on the left column of the paper under the word ‘Sink.’
Fold enough large sheets of aluminum sheets into flat-bottomed boats for each group to have one. Provide them with a small bucket of pennies. Have a group competition to see which group can put the most pennies on their boat before it sinks.
In the name of scientific investigation, young scientists will enjoy blowing bubbles. Choose three different containers for each student. Anything from a mill carton to a water bottle. Poke a second hole. Put water inside the container and add several drops of dish soap. Give each student a straw. The goal of each student will be to decide which container is the best bubble machine.
Another scientific investigation involves different bubble makers. Try the little plastic wand that comes with a regular bottle of bubbles. Then try other wands made from coat hangers or wire. Let students make bubbles and decide which wand is the best.
Fold a white paper towel into a small square. There are four corners on the towel, so provide each child with four small containers. Add a little water in each container and add several drops of food coloring, using a different color in each container. Dip one corner of the paper towel into one of the colors. Use a different color for each of the other corners. Carefully unfold the square and let it dry. Discuss the colorful patterns that each child has created. Compare each child’s square to everyone else’s square.
Make colored ice cubes from shaped trays; like bugs, butterflies, snowmen or other shapes. Give one to cube to each child, placing it on a paper plate. Let them make observations as their cubes melt. Discuss what causes the ice to change from a solid shape to a puddle of water.
Give each child a small tub of water and a small, compressed tablet. Each child will drop they tablet into the water and watch as the plastic on the tablet dissolves. Slowly, a sponge animal will emerge. This will lead to a fun discussion about how something so small can become something so big!
Water experiments will bring fun and excitement to your classroom. your students will learn concepts about weight, disbursement and more without realizing they were doing school work.