EYLF Outcome 4. Children are confident and involved learners.
Outcome 4.2: Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, enquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating.
Preschool numeracy indicator: I analyse, read and organise the data in my world.
This is a good outdoor experience where it’s okay for things to get wet. You’ll need a container for water and a variety of objects to test—toys, utensils, tools. With your child make a list of the items on paper with two columns titled ‘float’ and ‘sink’.
Invite children to hypothesize which items they think will float and which will sink in the water. Complete the sheet with their predictions. Then test each one by placing the item gently in the water. Record the results.
Children will be learning about floating and sinking; that denser objects sink. Many children think that bigger things sink and smaller things float, but in the weird and wonderful world we live in, that’s not actually true! The following facts may be helpful for young children: