Sink or Float Rings
Our children were fascinated by the Wisconsin Ducks moving onto the water. As with all boats there is something seemingly magical to young children about floating. This is an easy science exploration for young children to investigate the concepts of sinking and floating.
Lay a beach blanket on the floor (or do this activity outside)
Fill shallow tub with water and provide various rings to play with in the water.
This was set up as an invitation to explore in our kitchen for a few afternoons. Our infants crawled over and explore the rings, the water, and the rings in the water. Make time for these investigations. Notice what intrigues them and what actions they are repeating again and again. Often times this can clue you in to what pre-verbal children are thinking about. As they observe them in the water, describe how the rings are sinking, floating, moving in the water. Introduce these vocabulary words by using them in short sentences such as "I see the red ring sinking" or "You pushed the ring down and it floated back up."
Dry off your little ones - or if doing this outside allow the wonderful sun to dry them off.
Dump out the water and wash the tub.
I put our rings in the dishwasher to clean them. I use these handy containers for bottle parts with small toys frequently in our dishwasher.
Do not feel that clean up needs to happen immediately. Especially with busy little ones, often our activities get moved to a higher space until they are eating or resting and then I tidy them more.
What else could you use to explore sinking and floating? Other toys? Natural materials?
Can you replicate this experience for them in other settings such as the pool or the bathtub?
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