Bucket and Brush

Kids love playing with water. Water helps kids learn about science and math, and is a quick way to cool off on a hot day.

Materials

  • a paintbrush or kitchen sponge
  • something that holds a lot of water (a bucket, mixing bowl, saucepan)
  • an outdoor surface for your child to paint with the water

Activity

Find a paintbrush or kitchen sponge. Get something that holds a lot of water (a bucket, mixing bowl, saucepan.) Next, pick an outdoor surface for your child to paint—with the water. Wood surfaces work best—like an outside door or table. A towel or change of clothes is also a good idea for when the job is done.

Ask your child to help you paint that object! Before they start, ask, “What do you think will happen when you brush the water on the door/table?” See if they can paint all of the surfaces. As they brush the water onto the wood, the wood will become a darker color and a bit shiny, looking like it is being freshly painted. When they are done, ask them what they see? Is everything the same color? Did it match their prediction at the beginning?

Concepts Learned

Science: making a prediction, comparing same and different, observing change, evaporation.

Math: measurement, more and less, light and heavy.

Reading:  matching one picture or symbol to another.

Life skills:  making a plan, focus and attention.