Experiments

Paper Blowing

Paper Blowing
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Explore the concepts of weight (light versus heavy) and movement

Time
15 minutes
Ages
36 - 60 months
Group size
0 - 8 tots
Rating

Supplies

  • 1 piece Tissue (Cut into 3 same-sized squares.)
  • 1 piece Newspaper (Cut into 3 same-sized squares.)
  • 1 piece Construction paper (Cut into 3 same-sized squares.)
  • 3 Pennies

Steps

  1. Select one paper type to start.
  2. On a level surface, place three squares of selected paper about one inch apart. Leave the first square empty. Place one penny on the second square. Place two pennies on the third square.
  3. Demonstrate how to blow on paper in attempt to move it.
  4. Let each child perform the above activity. Discuss which squares move and why. What might happen if you added more pebbles to one square?
  5. Repeat steps two through four for each of the remaining paper types.
  6. Encourage discussion. Why did some of the squares move while others did not? Did the thickness of paper type make a difference? Did the number of pennies impact the square's movement? What might happen if the squares were wet? What other items might you be able to move by blowing on them?

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