The last two days have been so hot in the UK that we’ve had the paddling pool out, so it seemed like the perfect time to do some water investigations.
For each mini investigation I asked the children a question and then we discussed what we thought would happen and why.
5 things to investigate in your paddling pool
Will the sun make the water warmer?
My 5 year old thought the sun would heat the water up if we left the water in the paddling pool during the hottest part of the day. We didn’t use a thermometer as I didn’t have one to hand, but in retrospect that would have been a good idea.
We found that the water was much warmer if the paddling pool was filled up in the morning and left for a few hours in the sun. Rather than just filled up and used immediately.
Can you make a boat move?
We used a small plastic boat. Z tried to move it by blowing initially which worked well, but found he could make it move much faster by placing the hosepipe behind it. We had lots of fun making the boat race around the pool.
Will the water level rise if we all sit in the pool?
We decided the water level would rise, but the children couldn’t tell me why. So we tried it, and the water did rise a little bit. Do you know why this is?
Will a heavy ball float?
Everyone thought the heavy ball would sink but it floated!
Is a slide faster when wet?
I want to point out that in no way am I advocating putting a slide in a paddling pool, but my children love it, and I always stand close by watching in case anyone slips.
Everyone thought that the water on the slide would make them slide down faster than normal, and they were right! Do you know why?
Can you think of any other investigations we can try in the paddling pool?