The magical scientific trick is suitable for all age group kids. Let’s get going into the details of the experiment. Ask kids to draw two arrows. Help very little one by holding their hands to complete the arrow. Now, ask them to see the arrow via a glass which contains water. Let them observe the arrow point, the distance between the glass and the drawing, and also move their head to make note of the changes.
Also, this can be done in any place. All that is needed is glass filled with water, pencil arrow drawing. This is one among the 10 min STEAM activity. But you can send enough time to explaining the science of light and refraction. The best part is, it is an experiment which is listed under experiments done with items available at home. Which means you don’t need to spend money and also they are available all the time.
I will tell you a secret. I did this activity when we were waiting in the restaurant for food. My little one was getting anxious due to the delay in getting the food served and I engaged her this way.
- Glass with water
- Paper (you can use tissue paper as I did in the restaurant)
- Pen or pencil
You can ask kids to draw anything on the paper. Based on the age of kids let them draw anything. This will encourage them to show their artistic skills. That is why we call this a STEAM activity and not STEM alone. “A stands for ART.” Be happy to see them through the glass.
What are all the possible observations: Will there be a change in the picture? What will remain the same every time you watch? Does the size of the drawing make any changes? Will the size or height of the glass make changes? Distance between the glass and the image and their effects. Viewing in a straight line and with some angle and their results? These are all observed during the experiment.
Take a ruler and measure the distance to make note of all the results observed. Is there any change when seen straight or with an angle of deviation?
I asked my kids to make a rabbit drawing and the rabbit looked great when viewed through the water-filled glass.
See this image above. The image looks different with different variables. Now the challenge for you is to modify the variable and check whether the face in the image can look at himself.
This is the secret behind STEAM craft. Include art in your STEM and that will make your kids feel extremely excited.
Play this game a couple of times and now change different picture to see the effects. You can teach kids to hypothesize by changing variables. Let them guess write them down and check if they have guessed it right.