Intro: Preschool Physics: Having a Ball With Books
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
Gather a few different sports balls.
Experiment to see which balls bounce the highest.
Make predictions about what ball will hit the ground first when dropped at the same time. Find a spot to test your hypothesis.
Grab a bucket of water and see which balls float and which sink.
Combine the previous two steps by dropping the balls from a height into your bucket of water. Which makes the biggest splash?
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.
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