Sink or Float Sensory Sink { learning activity for the kids}

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This week on Sensory Sink Sunday we are exploring a sink and float activity in the sink.  This is a great way to get the kids to explore and learn while playing in the sink.  Make sure to stop by My Nearest and Dearest to see what fun they got into this week with their sink and float sink.
My kids love to play in the sink and they love to explore objects and learn new things about them.  This sink allows them to do both.  I sat out several objects for them on the counter next to the sink.  I then let them make guesses about what they thought was going to happen to the object before we put it in the sink.  They got really excited to see what would happen to the objects. 
Sink or Float Sensory Sink { learning activity for the kids}

 Sink or Float Sensory Sink { learning activity for the kids}

What I used:
 
toys( I gathered balls, plastic rings, cars, and plastic men)
 
water beads
 
fake flowers
 
rocks
 
a few food items( nuts, raisins, jelly beans, and fruit snacks) 
 
What we did:
I started by asking the kids what they thought we were doing today in the sink.  I was surprised to hear big brother say “see what will sink or float”.  He was so excited to have guessed the right answer but even more excited to start exploring in the sink with the items set out.  For this sensory sink both little brother and big brother participated.  Ages 2yr and 4yr.  I made sure I had at least 2 of every object.  This way each kid got to drop one of the same item in the sink. We started by filling the sink with water. We made a guess before they dropped the objects in.  They would get so excited to drop the toys…. and laugh as they sank or floated.  Big brother would help take the items out of the sink and he made groups of what sank and what floated.  They really enjoyed eating a few extra jelly beans I had brought into the bathroom.  This sink gives them a sensory experience with touch, taste, and sight.  Water is always a great sensory play activity.  The kids, after learning about sinking and floating, got to play in the sink.  They only played a short while before we went outside to enjoy the lovely weather we had this day. We took our sink and float experiment outside.  I filled a bucket with water and the kids started gathering all sorts of toys…. and checked to see what would happen to them.  We love this simple activity and it is always so much fun no matter where we do it.
 
Sink or Float Sensory Sink { learning activity for the kids}

Both of the kids just loved playing in the sink.

Sink or Float Sensory Sink { learning activity for the kids}
What would you use to see if it sinks or floats?  Hope you and your kids can have fun with this too.
A pin board just for Sensory Sink so you can see both mine and My Nearest and Dearest Sinks each week.

 

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