- water table or large tub; plastic wading pool (if outside)
- containers of different sizes and shapes
- chart labeled “Our Ideas About Water”
Key Science Concepts
- Water takes the shape of its container.
- You can use lots of different objects to move water.
Gather children around a water table or large tub with different containers nearby. (Give children turns at the water table, limiting the number to four or five at one time.)
- Have children explore the different things they can do with water and ask:
- What can you do with water?
- What does the water look like in the container?
- What do you think it would look like if I pour it into another container? What is the same and what is different?
- If I wanted the water to be in a square shape, what do you think I could do?
- Record any new ideas they have on the “Our Ideas About Water” chart.
Then introduce children to this week’s learning centers—the water table/tub they are playing with now as well as the other learning centers.