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Can It Float?

2 and up: 30 Minutes: STEM
Can It Float

Can It Float?

An Activity for Preschoolers:

Create craft stick rafts and then test them. Will yours sink or float?

Before You Begin:

Provide enough craft sticks and glue for each child to complete a raft. You'll also want to have a water table and counters available for the second part of the activity.

Activity Goals:

To practice counting and one-to-one correspondence while making observations about sinking, floating and weight.

Furthermore:

You may turn this activity into a game by challenging students to create the raft that holds the most counters.


Let's Get Started

STEP 1

Have each child create a raft using craft sticks and glue.

STEP 2

Allow the rafts to dry overnight.

STEP 3

Have the children take their rafts to the water table and float them in the water.

STEP 4

Have children place counters on their raft and count how many can be placed before it tips or sinks.

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