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Float or Sink?


Read to children Who Sank the Boat? by Pamela Allen (Putnam Publishing Group, paperback reissue 1996). Talk about things that float like boats and things that sink like rocks. Fill a shallow pan with items like corks, leaves, bottle caps, soap, pebbles, buttons, and paper clips. Invite children to experiment with each item. After a few times, ask children to predict if the object will sink or float. Expand the activity by folding and floating paper boats.



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