Science is everywhere including your sandbox. Just take a look at our very cool sandbox volcano. It’s amazing! This sandbox science is also great sensory play and very appropriate for preschool and kindergarten age kids. We love to be hands on, and that is exactly what this sandbox science is, very hands on. A little messy too.
SIMPLE SANDBOX SCIENCE MAKING DAMS
AWESOME HANDS ON LEARNING THROUGH PLAY AND EXPLORATION
This is exactly why play matters for young kids. Also, we love child led learning. He has been very interested in making dams and little pools with sandbox and water play. He turned his own explorations into his own sandbox science activity with just a little help from us.
SANDBOX SCIENCE MAKING DAMS
As he began to fill the water tub with sand, he noticed that as he added more sand, the water started to spill out. The more he added the more it spilled over the top. This started a conversation about water displacement. We emptied the container and refilled it with water so we could start over and really show him from the beginning how he could displace the water in the container by filling it with sand. Since we were starting with a fresh slate, he was interested to see if he poured sand in different places would it make a difference where the water would spill over and how long it would take to do so. Of course the object for him was to get it to spill over into a bucket he had propped up under one corner. He was aiming to make a water fall!
He built it up so high on one side that this prompted a conversation about dam building and how dams works. He was equally interested in stopping the water and making it flow, especially when it started to go over the opposite end of the container from where his little bucket was placed! A little bit of engineering and good bit of problem solving skills were used to experiment with dams and the displacement of the water to the right spot.
LEARNING BY DOING WITH SANDBOX SCIENCE
This type of play and learning is very organic and natural, often lasts longer and is more emotionally fulfilling to Liam. On a different day when we were playing at a stream with a friend, I overheard him tell his friend how to build a dam and what a dam does. I really felt like we had made a huge impression on him at that moment! His sandbox science was obviously a meaningful learning experience for him!
Observing your children while they play is so helpful for finding the teachable moments like our sandbox science moment! take science outside and into the sandbox this year. Make sure to make a volcano in there too!
SIMPLE SAND BOX SCIENCE FOR KIDS