Experimenting with Weight
Submitted by: sumana
This activity demonstrates the concepts of heavy and light.
18 - 60 months
1 - 4 tots
- 2 Small buckets
- Dried leaves
- Pine cones
- Dried beans
- Cotton balls
- Fill one bucket with water and leave the second bucket empty.
- Have the child lift the empty bucket, explain that with nothing inside the bucket doesn't way very much, so it is "light".
- Next, have the child lift the bucket filled with water, explaining that it is now "heavy."
- Compare when the buckets are filled with other contrasting weights; rocks and leaves, dried beans and feathers, stones and paper.
- Encourage discussion by having the child guess which items will be heavier, and which lighter.
- Move on to using their open palms to feel the weight. With a rock in one hand and a pine cone in the other, ask which is light.
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