Puddles, Science, and Math

Puddles, Science, and Math

The past month or so, we have had a lot of rain. It even rained every day all day for two whole weeks. Looking around town, one can tell – the ground is softer, the rivers are higher, and some of the roads have crumbled.

We’re thankful for any piece of blue sky we see. But my kids are also thankful for the puddles. They’ve enjoyed splashing and playing in the huge puddles near our home. And while puddles can be fun, they can also be a great learning opportunity!

Map It

After it rains, go for a walk together. See how many puddles you can find. If your child is younger, he can count the puddles. If your child is older, have him make a map of the area, complete with all the puddles he sees. For example, have him draw out the shape of your yard and house, or have him draw a map of your neighborhood. Then, as you walk, have him mark the locations of the puddles.

Measure

Take along a notebook, a pencil, a ruler, and a measuring tape. Have your child write down the characteristics of each puddle in a notebook. Find out each puddle’s:

  • Depth
  • Diameter
  • Circumference

Go back the next day and measure the puddles again. Are they bigger, smaller, or the same? Why?

Make Predictions

Draw a new map. Then, make some predictions about where new puddles will form the next time it rains. Use crayons to color the puddles. You can make the shallow ones light blue and the deeper ones dark blue. After it rains again, go out and see if you were right!

Words to Learn

Here are some vocabulary words to know when studying puddles:

  • Circumference
  • Depth
  • Diameter
  • Evaporation

What fun have you and your children had with puddles?

Photo by courosa



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