Toddler Activities

Sunday Science : Sink or Float

Welcome to my very first blog page. Honestly I’m quite nervous about where to start and also what people will think about my blog. On the other hand, I’m just excited and happy that finally I can share my ideas and stories! This will not be happening without my partner in life support.

Since 2015, I have started to do toddler activities with my son at home as I think it is important for to gain as much knowledge as they can while they are growing up. I have been documenting what we did since then until now. I still remember what made me realized that activities at home are crucial since N was so difficult to do teeth cleaning and washing his hands. So, I decided to create a one week theme about Hygiene. The result was amazing, he was following all the activities that I prepared, he also want to clean his teeth and wash his hands. N also kept mentioning about a word “germs”.

From then on, I committed to myself that I will keep doing toddler activities at home and decided to start sharing our home activities journey.

Today is Sunday, we did some exercise this early morning as family so I did not have much time to prep anything but I will just make a quick science activity for N that easy to prep. The topic is about SINKS or FLOATS.

What to prepare?

  • Tray
  • 2 medium size containers
  • 1 big transparent container
  • Few items that are floats and sinks (that are available at home)
  • 2 small card papers to describe sinks and floats

First, I collected all the things that are available at home on the tray. Then, fill up the big transparent container with water and write both card papers with sinks and floats. The purpose of big transparent container is for them to see clearly from outside when experimenting. And, the cards that I drew was easier to understand what it means by sinks and floats.

N chose his ball toy as his first experiment. For the first few items, N was still confused the meaning of sinks and floats. But as you can see, he enjoyed and eagerly looked forward what would it turned out when he put each item to the container. After he answered it, he will put the item into the correct medium size container.

Then at last minute, I also gave an empty water bottle to let N see whether will it sinks or floats? And how it turned out when an empty water bottle filled with water?

During activity, I often encouraged N to see the item that he put in from the side of the container to get clear view so that he understood more about sinks and floats.

Here were all the items that N had proudly put into the correct containers. As you can see, I also put some tricky items like stainless tea spoon and plastic tea spoon, if you have older age toddler I suggest to play this as a game. Let them guess first and identify the reason why both teaspoons react differently in the water. I hope my suggestion and share ideas are useful.

If anyone would like to know about our previous Hygiene activities that we did, let me know, I would be happy to share it with you guys one day.

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