30 Days to Hands on Play : Investigate

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30 days to hands on play

Spend (at least) 15 minutes investigating something of interest to your child. Whether its how something works, why we use certain materials or tools for things, or a simple science investigation.
Take a minutes to research it yourself, then find a why to explore it further with your child.

(Remember to keep it uninterrupted time: being present with the child. No technology, phones, television, computer, etc. No errands, chores, making dinner, etc.)

Henry and I have been reading a snow plow book that talks about how they use salt and sand to spread on the roads. Henry thought they had both sand and salt in the dump truck to spread on the road at the same time. I took a moment to explain to him when they use salt and when they use salt.
I decided to make a science experiment to investigate this further.

I froze some water on a sheet pan. I provided a bowl of both salt and sand. Equipped with many machines and we started testing. Without either the sand or salt, driving on the ice was slippery and the trucks were spinning out of control. We then spread some salt and sand on half of the pan each. They both helped with traction.We added the heat of a hair dryer to act as the sun to see which one made the ice melt faster. The salt clearly helped.

What will you investigate?

Comment here as well as see what others did on The Play Network.

This ‘Challenge’ is meant to get you started, to spark your creativity with your kids (and their creativity!). Your child may not be interested in this specific challenge, and that’s okay! Have another go at a previous challenge, or don’t be afraid to just sit and play with them and see where they lead you.

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  1. Mardi says

    We're learning about water this month, so a few easy "investigations"
    Freezing water (chuck some toys in Watsr in a tuppaware & freeze) & then how it melts. Talking about temperatures
    Evaporation (2 cups with water, one cling filmed on top, watch & measure for a week)
    Spraying water on hot footpath/fence & watching it disappear
    Water/sponge play

  2. Susan Case says

    Wonderful idea! Children love science. And I love it when a mom says, "I've been reading…." Yea! Moms are the Play Network are amazing. So happy to see children learning while have a great time.

  3. OneMommy says

    I totally love this idea! My son is so into trucks now a days; we are going to have to give this experiment a try when we get some snow and he gets to see the snow plow go by.
    We experimented with sound last night using pots,pans, and different things to bang with – noisy and fun!

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