Let’s create a ginormous whirlpool!
The best way to show kids what sinks and what floats is through encouraging them to throw things into water to see what happens. You can do this anywhere while traveling (beach, rivers, farms, streams, fountains etc.) and using all kinds of objects that your kids can find (trunks, pebbles, sticks, toys, plastic bottles, plants etc.).
The other alternative is to visit Science Museum in Lagos, Portugal and spend there a whole day there throwing bricks, blocks, boats of different weight and size into a massive child-friendly water tank just to see what happens. Then, your kids (and also adults, as it turned out in our case:)) can have more fun blowing their floating objects away with a giant air blower! When this is still not enough your kids can take it further and create a giant storm by using special children-friendly water tools such as whirlpool and wave makers! Tons of fun and tons of learning!
Why we love Science Museum in Lagos:
- easily accessible even if you don’t have a car, located in the town center
- absolutely children-friendly with tons of hands-on stations where children can interact with the environment
- offers enabling environment for active learning (learning by doing). Children are encouraged to touch, smell, mix, fix, repair, destroy, connect, build etc.
- truly multisensory: offers variety of interactive work stations with sounds, lights, visual effects, touch etc
- supports Multiple Intelligences and Cross-Curricular learning: various interactive exhibitions, stations and tasks of different nature and topics appeal to children’s individual differences
- supports child’s physical development, using fine and gross motor skills: balancing tables, gentle lifting, pushing, blowing, climbing, throwing, rowing
- helps developing children’s reasoning and logical skills: “what happens if I do/touch/throw/connect this….” – children are able to see the result immediately
- indoor and outdoor section and plenty of space to walk, run, jump!
- small entrance fee
- inspiring, exciting and colorful science!
Official Museum Website: Centro Ciencia Viva de Lagos
Photo location: Lagos, Algarve, Portugal