Will it Float?

Do you have a curious child at home? Try this science “sink and float” activity!

Will It Float?

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Will It Float?

Fill a large bowl or bin with water. Gather a group of objects (i.e. figurines, balls, blocks, cars, ice cubes, leaves, rocks, and different foods) that are safe to put in water. Have your child guess which objects will float and which objects will sink. Have them test out their guesses by placing each item in the bowl or bin of water!

How many floated? How many sunk?

Estimated Time: 30 minutes

Materials: A bowl or bin, water, and miscellaneous objects that are safe to put in water

Subject: Science

Setting(s) for which the article is intended:
  • Home
Intended audience(s):
  • Parents / Family
Age Levels (the age of the children to whom the article applies):
  • Preschoolers (Age 3 Through Age 5)
Reviewed: 2020