Thursday, October 16, 2008

Will it float?

If you've ever watched this show, you've seen their silly bit called "Will it Float?" The basic premise is, of course, tossing heavy and randomly weird objects into a pool and seeing whether or not, in fact, they sink or float. Goofy, yet mildly entertaining and frankly always a little surprising to see that, say, a giant tub of olive oil does float after all!

Why am I posting about this? Well, we had a little version of our own "Will it Float?" going this afternoon and it was actually pretty fun! Instead of a pool, we used plastic food containers filled with water, and rather than giant vats of olive oil or bowling balls or other weird and heavy objects, we instead used little plastic bits from toys and various office supplies.

The result? Well, I am happy to report that the marbles from Hungry Hungry Hippo do float after all. As does a pencil, a leaf, and a plastic moose. The sinkers? A rubberband, a crayon (though another one did float...strange!) and erasers. I know we used other things but they escape me right now.

If you're looking for a great time filler or small scale science/prediction experiment to do with kids, try this one out! And if you happen to have a pool and a huge vat of olive oil...well, then, more power to you!

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