Introduction: Preschool Physics: Having a Ball With Books

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This fun and easy activity requires very little prep work and is the perfect way to get preschoolers interested in reading and physics! 

Age: Preschool (can also be adapted to elementary age students)

Objectives:  Encourage curiosity and introduce the scientific method including developing and testing a hypothesis

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Gather a few different sports balls.

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Experiment to see which balls bounce the highest.

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Make predictions about what ball will hit the ground first when dropped at the same time.  Find a spot to test your hypothesis.

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Grab a bucket of water and see which balls float and which sink.

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Combine the previous two steps by dropping the balls from a height into your bucket of water.  Which makes the biggest splash?

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Make a connection to literature by reading a fun book about balls like Watch Me Throw the Ball by Mo Willems or Big Kicks by Bob Kolar.


wilgubeast (author)2012-10-04

Science + literature = awesome. What a cool, simple idea. Thanks for sharing!


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Bio: I'm a reading specialist turned SAHM who loves to blog about fun crafts and activities related to children's literature.
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