Remember when I said we had one more preschool activity for our Preschooler “S” Is for Submarine day?
Well, we just HAD to have some water play since we were dealing with submarines! We decided to create our own egg submarines with some of our plastic Easter eggs.
Our final activity was inspired by this Sink the Easter Egg activity.
I had a collection of beads, pom-poms, pennies and quarters on hand to use to help sink our plastic egg submarines.
First we tried rolling a game die to see how many of each object would go into each egg. I asked the preschooler to guess whether or not the submarine would sink or float, and then we set each egg in the water. (If your eggs have holes in the ends, you will want to use a bit of clear tape to cover them.)
We soon discovered that the pom-pom egg floated at the very top of the water; the one with a few beads was also at the top. The submarines with pennies and quarters sank part way.
This was just NOT going to do for the preschooler; after all, submarines should sink!
Our next step was to fill those eggs up!
We filled one egg with the pom-poms, one with beads, one with pennies, and one with quarters.
Before placing our submarines into the water this time, we put a few of each item (pom-pom, quarter, etc.) into the water. The preschooler noticed that the pom-pom and some of the beads floated, while the coins sank right away. We talked briefly about why that may be.
Then we tried our newly filled eggs.
The preschooler was very happy to see the penny and quarter-filled egg submarines sank to the bottom.
When he realized the bead and pom-pom ones were still not sinking, we talked about how the plastic eggs still had air in them, helping them float, and then we tried filling them with water as well — success! The subs all sank!
The preschooler continued filling eggs, watching them sink or float while I prepared lunch. He asked to continue the play after lunch, too! This was definitely a winner here!
What types of water play do your children love?