So, I thought it would be appropriate to bring you a post on playing with mud.
I totally agree.
But, while watching the kids play in their mud pool, I realized it was a perfect teaching opportunity, too. While the kids slowly added sand to water in our plastic tub, we talked about the concept of Absorption.
The kids were amazed at how quickly the water moved through the sand to wet it.
We talked about:
- How the water traveled through the sand
- Why the sand became darker when the water traveled through the water
- What happened to the water after it traveled through the sand
*NOTE: technically, the water is traveling through the sand particles, and for the most part is not being absorbed like a paper towel or sponge would absorb water. But this was a great starter activity for our other absorption experiments. If you want to try a true absorption activity with water, use dirt or soil instead.
Check out these other activities in our Absorption Experiment Series:
- Science: Absorption Experiment with Sand & Water
- Art: Sponge Painting
- Science: Celery Capillary Action Experiment
- Art + Science: Tie Dye Towels
And here’s another absorption art activity that we did last year: Pipet Painting
LEARN! Science, absorption, sensory play