Bathtime Floating and Sinking Activity

You Will Need:

  • Sponge
  • Shampoo bottle
  • Metal spoon
  • Plastic toys such as boats
  • Bowls and cups

The Activity:

  • During bath time add objects to the water that either float or sink.
  • Encourage your child to explore how the objects react by trying to push floating objects down and stopping the sinking objects.
  • Talk to your child about what is happening.
  • Expect your child to be repetitive as they experience how each of objects react in the water

Extending The Activity:

  • Add objects that you can fill up such as cups and jugs
  • Add objects that will let water flow through such as sieves and colanders

How this supports your child's learning:

Playing with water gives many opportunities to develop fine and gross motor skills as well as language skills. Children will increase their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination through actions such as pouring, squeezing and pushing. Introducing new language whilst playing and will help children link a new word to what it means.

Words to introduce during the activity to support language development

  • Float
  • Sink
  • Holes
  • Watch
  • Above
  • Below
  • Heavy
  • Light
  • Full
  • Empty
  • Bottom
  • Splash

Top Tip

Use everyday household objects you don’t to buy anything special and it helps children understand the world around them.

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