I found these awesome printables for different science lessons based on the alphabet. I had forgotten about them until our letter B unit, so while we played catch up last week with Meredith, Mackenzie and I went back to letter A.
A is for Absorb...
"Absorb means to soak up."
Our first experiment was something I had been wanting to do for a while, but just hadn't taken the all consuming time of gathering plastic cups, water, food coloring and a paper towel. ;) Mackenzie was super excited to squirt food coloring in the cups.
Our other experiment was testing different items to see if they absorbed water. We tested a bib, candle, plastic toy, washcloth, straw, sponge, rock, clown nose, napkin, q-tip and rubber porcupine ball.
The first one to absorb was the bib and she clearly thought it was neat. ;) We talked about how if you can squeeze water out of it, then it absorbed water.
When we tested the napkin, we talked
about how materials that absorb liquids also typically change shapes.
Washcloth...I thought it was funny that she seemed surprised by this when we use a washcloth on a daily basis, but oh well.
I saved the sponge for last and didn't tell her what it was. It's one of those "dehydrated" sponges that shrinks down really small until you get it wet. Her face after it "absorbed" all of the water is great! She really was excited about it and loved that it expanded. Again, discussions on changing shapes and being able to squeeze water out.
As we tested items, we sorted them into "doesn't absorb" and "does absorb." She chose to put the q-tip in the middle because she said the ends absorbed the water, but the middle didn't. I was not expecting her to notice, but am very happy she did!
Of course, after the experiment, she had to play with the water. She probably played with plain water and cups for at least 20 minutes! ;)
For letter B, the concept was bounce.
Finally, we tested other objects to see if they bounce...her face will tell you if it did. :)
I love these printables because they are science concepts that Mackenzie should know about and they are simple enough for her to understand. Plus, the experiments are fun! Letter C is "cook", so stay tuned for that fun!