Children can learn a lot about the properties of water through simple play and close observation. This hands-on experience helps build context for future learning about surface tension, cohesion, adhesion and hydrophobic or hydrophilic surfaces.
Children also experimented dropping water on marker-colored coffee filter paper to see the colors blend. Painting with water was another surprising activity for many – “how does the water know what colors to use?” asked one child as he puzzled over his artwork. The question was thrown right back to him and he posited that there must be paint on the “black lines” that changed with the water. Not bad for scientific reasoning!
Of course, the FOG made a strong appearance throughout the event, and children relished running through and under the tiny water droplets, getting quite soaked in the process. Experiencing tiny water droplets suspended in air on their faces, hair, and clothing helped children connect with the water drops on leaf surfaces. Too bad our skins and clothing aren’t more hydrophobic!
Visit Fog x Kids: Family Drop Ins for more fun fog related activities.