Continuing with our Nursery Rhyme Science theme this week, I’ve got some fun Incy Wincy Spider science experiments to share.
Incy Wincy spider climbed up the water spout,
Down came the rain and washed poor Incy out,
Out came the sunshine and dried up all the rain,
So Incy Wincy spider climbed up the spout again.
First up is this investigation into which material sticks Incy Wincy best to a pipe so she doesn’t fall down the pipe.
Which is strongest material?
We tested blu tack, plasticine and a glu dot to see which helped Incy Wincy stick to the top of our pipe most sucessfully. You can set this up very simply for young children or for older children encourage them to think about correct experimental design and procedure.
Materials for Incy Wincy Science Experiment
Half pipes, or you could make a ramp.
Something to lean your pipes on.
Plastic spiders – all the same size.
Materials to test – blu tack, glu dot, plasticine, sellotape etc
A bucket or hosepipe
Things to think about
We designed our experiment to measure how much water each spider needed poured behind them to be flushed down the pipe.
To do this we kept the following variables constant:
Length of pipe
Gradient of pipe
Amount of water poured each time
Size of spider
Amount of fixing material.
Material used to fix the spider at the top of the pipe
Instructions for washing Incy Wincy down the pipe experiment
Fix a spider to the top of a pipe using one of the test materials.
Fill a bucket with water and pour just behind the spider.
Record how much water is needed to flush the spider down the pipe.
Repeat for each material.
Or, place a hosepipe behind each spider and record the time taken for the spider to become loose. This is a bit trickier as it needs the speed of the water coming out of the hose to remain constant.
We found the glu dot was most effective at keeping the Incy Wincy in place at the top of the pipe.
More Incy Wincy Spider Science Ideas
Scratch Art Web
Make a colourful web scratch art picture. Simply use coloured crayons to colour over a piece of card. Then crayon over the top of the colours with black crayon and scratch a web.
Black paint can also be used instead of crayon.
How waterproof is it?
Make umbrellas for Incy Wincy using different materials to see which is the most waterproof. We sprayed the umbrellas with water to see which kept Incy driest.
Add your spiders to a tray of cornflour goo. Try squeezing it. You should be able to make a solid ball? For younger children try counting spiders, making pairs or sorting into different colours.
Mores ideas coming soon.