Recently, we looked at some fun ways to introduce summer gardening “hands-on” fun. This week, let’s focus on water experiments. As the temperature rises during the summer months, invite your child to try a few of the ones listed below.
The spinning bucket experiment is perfect for the child in the 5 – 9 age range. “Is it possible to not get wet with an upside down bucket of water over your head?” says Jocelyn Scotty, a Montessori teacher, former teacher educator and summer camp director. See http://www.examiner.com/article/montessori-science-the-spinning-bucket-experiment to access directions on how to present this experiment.
Other Montessori-inspired summer water exercises presented by Jocelyn are available by visiting http://www.examiner.com/article/outdoor-montessori-water-activities-for-summer
Explore Montessori style physics by presenting a unit on water and buoyancy. See http://makingmontessoriours.blogspot.com/2013/03/montessori-physics-water-buoyancy-unit.html Making Montessori Ours for details.
Additional resources ages PreK through 10 are listed below.
http://www.homeschooling-ideas.com/water-experiments.html Water Experiments
http://www.homeschoolfcgs.com/product_info.php/cPath/27/products_id/4101 Where the Water Runs
http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/22851/kid-science Water Experiment Displacement
http://childfun.com/index.php/activity-themes/miscellaneous/714-sensory-table-activity-theme.html#sthash.sp8kitpZ.dpbs Sensory Sand/Water Table Activity Theme
http://theimaginationtree.com/2012/02/water-bead-seaside-sensory-tub.html Water Bead Seaside Sensory Tub
http://montessorimotherload.wordpress.com/2012/07/05/introducing-transfer-activities/ Montessori Water Transfer Activities
Have you considered building your own water garden? Members of your family can plan and build it together. Use the information here to help you get started with this project.
http://greensideupblog.com/2008/05/building-a-cheap-water-garden / Building a cheap water garden
Finally, if you like to learn by watching demonstrations. You Tube is full of useful videos that will show you how to construct a water garden as well as locate additional water exercises for children. Visit https://www.youtube.com/ and use the key phrases “making a water garden” and “water experiments for children”.
Stay tuned, as we will explore more fun ideas for the lazy days of summer.
Heidi Anne Spietz http://www.amonco.org