Each week, Jessica comes home with a task to complete in her home learning book. She has recently been learning about buoyancy at school. Her home learning task that week was to drop different objects into a bowl of water and find out which ones floated and which ones sank. The garden seemed the most sensible place for testing this out and so I set up the tuff spot with a bowl of water in the middle and a selection of different objects.
Jessica and Sophie took it in turns to drop things into the bowl of water. I encouraged them to guess beforehand whether the object would float or sink. On the whole, Jessica did fairly well with her guesses. Her reasoning was that bigger objects would float and smaller ones would sink. To be fair, most of the objects that did float were the bigger objects – a bowl, a postcard, a toy boat. I did try to explain a little about buoyancy and density but I think the science was lost on her. Playing in the water was much more interesting!
Once we’d finished with the objects I’d collected, the girls started collecting objects of their own from around the garden. Flowers, grass, sticks, stones and mud. Mixing up all the different things in the bowl was fun. They weren’t too keen on having muddy hands though. I had to go and change the water so they could clean their hands again.
Once they’d cleaned their hands, the next logical step was to take off their shoes and socks to paddle in the bowl. The washing up bowl was far too small for both of them to paddle in though. We tipped the water into the tuff spot instead. Much more fun – and much easier to paddle. Needless to say, they wanted Mummy to add more water for them to splash about in!
The girls had enjoyed sliding down the slide into the paddling pool last summer. Jessica remembered it and wanted to repeat it. We dragged the slide over to the tuff spot for some more splashy fun. The pure joy on their faces as they slid down into the water was wonderful. Pure childhood fun at its best!
I loved watching Jessica and Sophie having fun soaking each other and splashing around. It wasn’t quite so much fun stripping off the wet clothes when Jessica got cold and needed warming up quickly. Next time we do some water experiments, I shall have to make sure I put the girls in their swimsuits to start with and be better prepared!