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Water fun – will it sink or will it float?


Where science and fun come together. You can do this inside or outside, or even in the bath! Just be sure you are supervising any water play, even if there are only a few inches in the container.

What you need:

  • Plastic bowl or tire tube lined with plastic.
  • Hose.
  • Items that might sink, or float.

Step 1 - First things first

Fill a large plastic bowl or tire tube lined with plastic


Step 2 - Sail a boat made out of paper

Or a coconut shell for pirate fun


Step 3 - Find things that sink and that float

This is a little science experiment


Step 4 - Use a feather, cork, stone, acorn, leaf, rubber ball.

And anything else your child finds


Step 5 - Will it sink or will it float?

Ask before he or she drops the item in the water to see what they think


Step 6 - Don't forget to ask them why

Ask them why it sinks and why it floats