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Science & Sensory: Beach & Ocean

Sand Bottles added 7-17-00 Original Author Unknown

Need: Soda bottles, funnel, sand, water, blue food coloring, shell pieces, wood, plastic jewels, hot glue (adult only)

Directions: Save some soda bottles and the lids.  Using a funnel, fill bottle about 1/3 full of sand.  Add water and a few drops of blue food coloring.  Add your broken
shells, pieces of wood and maybe even some plastic jewelry treasure.  Hot glue the lid on the bottle and let the kids shake them up and let them settle. 


Sand Writing added 7-17-00 Original Author Unknown

You will need to get some large plain trays. Sprinkle a thin layer of sand on them and allow the children to draw patterns with their fingers in the sand.


Class Fish added 7-17-00 Original Author Unknown

Buy a goldfish for the classroom for the children to look after. Ad a pet feeder to your list of classroom jobs.


Fish In The Bottle added 7-8-01 Original Author Unknown

Fill a clear plastic 2-litre bottle one-quarter full with water.  Add a few drops of blue food coloring. Blow up two small balloons, release most of the air and tie the ends closed.  Push the balloons into the bottle. Put glue around the rim of the bottle and screw the cap on tightly. Let a child hold the bottle on it's side and gently rock it back and forth to make the balloon fish swim.


Ocean in a Jar added 6-22-02 Original Author Unknown

Need: Baby Food Jars, Hot Glue (Adult Only), Blue food coloring, Vegetable Oil, Seashells and anything else you can find

Directions: Combine a few seashells, some blue food coloring, a little veg oil, and water in a baby food jar. Seal the jar with hot glue (Adult Only). The kids shake it to
mix the oil and water and then watch what happens.


Salty Water added 6-22-02 Original Author Unknown

Did you know that it is easier to float in the ocean than in the swimming pool. Do you know why? Salt. The Ocean is full of salt. Salt water can hold up more than plain water. That is why you can float in the ocean more easily. Lets try this experiment to see for ourselves......
(Then go on to the experiment)

Need:
wide mouth plastic jar, warm water, salt, raw potato, measuring cup, spoon

Directions: Pour 1 1/2 cups warm water in the jar. Add 1/3 cup salt. Stir until all the salt is gone. Add another 1 1/2 cups of water. Pour it over the back of a spoon into the jar. Pour SLOWLY so the two liquids do not mix tog. Slowly put the potato into the jar. Do NOT drop it. Potato sinks-but stops halfway. Salt water is heavier than plain water, so it stays on the bottom. Plain water floats on top of salt water. You cannot
see the difference though. The potato is heavier than plain water. But potato is lighter than the salt water. That is why it sank only half way. It is floating on top of the salt water.






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