A simple but fun activity to teach children about water displacement:
I recently thought it would be fun to do a water displacement activity with the hooligans.
When I was young, I was fascinated by a fable called The Crow and the Pitcher, a story about a thirsty crow who knew all about water displacement. He dropped stones into a pitcher half-full of water, to raise the level of the water high enough that he could take a drink.
We re-created that story using a few items that we had here at home.
Items needed for this water displacement activity:
- a clear, plastic container
- stones and rocks
- plastic turtle
- permanent marker
How we conducted our experiment:
We experimented with a few different containers, and discovered that the one with the largest opening worked best.
We filled our container with water, and I marked the level of the water on the container so we could monitor our progress.
Then I hooked our toy turtle to the top of the container, and the fun began…
The children worked together, dropping the stones into the container.