Inspired by this week’s Play Fest Twitter on Montessori play shared by @bluebearwood, I decided to have a go at the absorbing science. We went out to a bargain shop to buy some food dye. They were only 37 pence each as were are near the expiry date.
We came back home and the kids were all excited. After I got back home I realised I did not have the same clear plastic cup and right type of paper towel. We were unable to do a successful absorbing science experiment as the one shown below.
|Image from Science Website|
I did manage to show the children how the paper towel soaked up the blue dye. I dropped a few drops of different food dyes into a separate cups of water and stirred them.Then the children mixed the blue dye water into yellow dye water to make it green.
I also showed them that different types of materials absorb water differently. I had a dishwasher sponge, face cloth, paper towel and a measuring cup. I placed the items into the blue tray of water and soaked them. We then individually took the items out and squeezed out the water from the items to measure the quantity of water absorbed. In case you had any doubts, the sponge absorbed the most.
The children were having great fun playing with food dye and water. At the same time, they learnt about science and developed their knowledge.
Does anyone else have any fun science experiments for kids?