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Help children begin to understand the process of evaporation.

On a hot sunny day, let children wash all the doll clothes and hang them in the sun. When the clothes are dry ask, "Where did the water go? Only air touched them." Explain that the water moved in tiny drops into the air. This process is called evaporation.

Further demonstrate the process of evaporation:

  • Mark with chalk or small pebbles the outlines of puddles on a sidewalk after it has rained. Invite children to observe the puddles at intervals and note that they are shrinking.
  • Set out shallow pans of water. Invite children to dip their bare feet into the water and make footprints on a sidewalk or concrete area. Ask children to observe how long the footprints last and when they disappear.



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