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Type: Projects   Skills: Critical ThinkingMath & NumbersScience & Environment
In this activity, you’ll learn how to let kids experiment with water. “Water experiments” are individualized water tables your kids can explore on their own or with other kids. They’re bins filled with water, accompanied by measuring items like scoops, spoons, cups etc. Water Experiments
What We Learn
Kids can learn a lot from a simple water activity like this because it incorporates several different types of learning. In addition to practicing their hand-eye coordination, kids learn scientific concepts such as volume, weight, and how liquid fills different size containers. They develop language skills as they respond to questions you ask about their experiments. They also improve their critical thinking skills as they predict outcomes to their water experiments. Finally, if the experiments are conducted along with other kids, the children learn cooperation and socialization.
Supply List
Water
Food coloring
Plastic containers or tubs
Measuring cups
Scoops
Turkey basters
Strainers
Funnels
Water bottles
Clear tubing
Eye droppers
How-To
If you’re doing this activity inside your home, you may want to first lay down a protective drop cloth, in case water splashes outside of the containers.

On a table, prepare individual plastic containers or bins and fill them no more than halfway with water.

To make the activity more colorful, you can add a few drops of food coloring to change the water into various colors.

Next, provide various objects which the children can use in their water experiments. Here’s a few household items which are great to provide: measuring cups and scoops of varying sizes, turkey basters, funnels, clear plastic tubing, eye droppers, even strainers.

Finally, simply let your children pick among these various instruments as they measure and scoop water. Show children how they can use the instruments to fill various cups and containers of all shapes and sizes. Ask them open-ended questions about what they are doing. Ask them to predict outcomes to their experiments, such as “Which container has more volume?” or “How many scoops to fill up this water bottle?”

You can set up a water experiment activity for either one child or many children. With more than one child, kids learn cooperation and socialization skills as they learn to share the various measuring and pouring tools.

For children with special needs, the parent or provider should assess the individual development and abilities of a child to appropriately engage the child in the water experiment activity.
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