Ruma, in Jeffers Room, is our resident RC Expert in Science and in this blog post she recounts the latest experiment they did in the nursery which she calls, Walking Water!
This week in Jeffers room we did an exciting science experiment with the children, entitled Walking Water. What we did in this experiment was to position plastic cups with different coloured water in a row. We then placed one end of a piece of tissue paper into one glass and placed the other end into the other cup of water. We then took a moment to make some observations about the tissue paper; some children made predictions that the colour of the water will change, whilst others made the prediction that the colour of the tissue will change once we place it into the coloured water.
All the children were fascinated by the experiment and were very excited to discover the outcome of the experiment. We had one child say that this experiment was "amazing" and they didn’t know that the colours could change and asked about how it was done. It was a wonderful opportunity to experience wonder, problem solve, make predictions, ask questions and find out more. This is exactly what we hope for our children!
After the experiment was over a child asked me what experiment we will be doing tomorrow as this activity was so much fun and a colourful, hands-on science experiment for all ages.
This might just be our favourite science experiment thus far! The adults and all the children were mesmerised with the process; we all couldn’t believe how quickly the water travelled up the tissue paper and it was amazing to watch the colours mix together. It was a very easy experiment but very fun and you could try it at home and experience it first hand.