Last year we were exploring water and it’s uses. We talked about being scientists and how they record their findings. On the whiteboard we wrote Mixing With Water and made two columns; one for things that dissolve in water and one for things that don’t dissolve in water. We discussed what dissolve means and how we can tell if something dissolved in the water or not.
We raided the storeroom and the pantry for a number of items for the children to experiment with. We used instant coffee, bicarbonate of soda, sugar, sand, salt, food dye, oats, vegetable oil, vinegar, tea leaves, dirt and flour amongst other things.
We talked about how some things didn’t change much at all when you placed them in the water, other than get a bit soggy. We saw that some items sunk to the bottom whilst others floated creating layers in our cups. Some of us discovered bubbles forming in our concoctions.
Of course it was all very messy but a whole pile of fun! My Education Assistant said, “This is another one for the Reindeer Box.” We have this running joke about things that are too hard or too messy. One Christmas we made reindeers using a ceramic pot. They were messy, labour intensive and way too hard for the children to complete without adult help. So hence the Reindeer Box.