Just letting kids explore is such a wonderfully organic way for learning to take place. short of running out of the bath tub yelling eureka, we had our own little moment of discovery this morning.
Water play has become a fairly standard feature of our mornings now and today all three boys were playing in the bathroom post their morning painting session. They had all their usual paraphernalia .. mugs, cups, plastic and rubber bath toys, a couple of brushes, a shaving brush, etc and were busy playing. Suddenly Nish called out to me. “come quickly!!” he hollered. “Look how the water is going round and round. It’s spinning!” He had been moving the water round and round with his hand and it continued to do so for a bit even after he retracted his hand from the water. He did it again and this time tossed a plastic bottle cap in and watched it swirl round the tub. He tried adding other stuff …an empty soap bottle, a rubber duck, a plastic mug. He watched with fascination as they all spun around the tub with the water. Sid was watching this from his tub. As Nish swirled the water faster and faster Sid said – “Look! there is a hole in the middle of the water”…and yes there was…the water level was raised along the sides and almost disappearing at the middle. As Sid saw the stuff going round and round he said “it’s like our washing machine!”
A good starting point for exploring some introductory physics!!!
Another interesting observation was made by Nish in the sandpit today. He had a plastic cup with him and he pressed it down on the sand to make an impression. “I am making designs and prints!” he told me. Then out of curiosity i guess, he tried the same thing on the concrete edge of the sandpit. “Does it make a design there too?” I asked him. “Nope!” he replied. “It is very hard…it is made of stone. You can only make the design on sand”. Another great starting point for scientific enquiry!
There is a science lab all around…and every exploration can lead to new discoveries and learning!