Science Activities Summer

Beach Summer Density Tower Science Experiment for Kids

The summer is the perfect time for sneaking in some fun summer science experiments while having an outrageously fun time with a summer activity for kids! In this density tower, children will learn about the layers of the ocean as they make a simple beach science experiment. This beach theme preschool activities is perfect for pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th graders too.  You will love this clever ocean themed science experiments that is a cool twist on the classic density experiment for kids out there.

The summer is the perfect time for sneaking in some fun summer science experiments while having an outrageously fun time with a summer activity for kids! In this density tower, children will learn about the layers of the ocean as they make a simple beach science experiment. This beach theme preschool activities is perfect for pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th graders too.  You will love this clever ocean themed science experiments that is a cool twist on the classic density experiment for kids out there.

Ocean Themed Science Experiments

If you are looking for a fun¬†science experiment with sand and water for your next¬†beach theme, you will love this fun¬†ocean themed science experiments. In this simple, but oh-so-fun¬†density experiment for kids children will be introduced to the concept that different liquids have different densities and therefore don’t mix, but rather stack. Objects introduced will stay in the layer with the substance with the same density. Use this fun¬†summer science as part of¬†beach activities for kindergarten or¬†summer camp, or just a way to keep kids having fun and learning. This simple density tower¬†is perfect for preschoolers, kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, and grade 4 students as a hands-on¬†summer experiment.

sand science experiments

Beach Science Experiments

All you need to try this simpler summer experiment for kids are a few simple materials including:

  • mason jar (or similar)
  • beach sand
  • blue food coloring
  • water
  • vegetable oil
  • white shaving cream¬†(optional, but great way to teach about one more layer of density)
  • sea shells
  • Ocean animals

mason jar science experiment

Density Experiment for Kids

Start by filling the bottom of your mason jar or container with sand. You will want a couple of inches deep depending on the jar. Pour water with just 1-2 drops blue food coloring slowly into the jar, so it fills it about 2/3 full.

HINT: Don’t make it too dark or it will be hard to see the ocean animals and sea shells you are going to be puttig in. You just want a drop or maybe two for a hint of color to better see the layers of density.

beach theme activities for kindergarten

Density Tower

Now sloly pour in vegetable oil until about an inch from the top of the jar.

beach theme preschool activities

Beach Activities for Kids

Sand is heavier than water and water is heavier than oil and oil is heavier than shaving cream (optional) on the top. That is why the density jar is layered that way.

If you were to put the lid on the jar and shake it really good, momentarily it would look like it was all mixed up with no layers any more. But let it sit still for a while. What is happening? They layers will seperate back out into what you see above. The oil is lighter and will rise up while the sand is the most dense nd will fall to the bottom of the mason canning jar.

density experiment for kids

Beach Theme Activities for Kindergarten

Now comes the fun part; you get to starty dropping in ocean objects (small shells we had on hand) and these animals to see which will go down in the sand. Ask kids some questions before you drop them in – to get them thinking like scientists:

  • what will happen when we drop the shellin the water
  • will anything float in the water
  • do you think all the items will stay in the same layer
  • which will float in the oil

density tower

Sand Science Experments

The answer will vary as it all depends on the weight of the objects we are using. We had some ocean objects on the sand, some floated in the water for a few minutes, and the whale, starfish, and the sea plant floated in the oil. lots of pics in action and themed ones.

ocean themed science experiments

Beach Theme Preschool Activities

While results will vary depending on the objects you have, we found the shells all sunk along with many plastic animals. Lighter items like this whale floated. Add in a straw, where would it end up?

The sand represents the ocean floor, the water is the ocean water, the oil is the sky, and the white shaving cream is the clouds.

You will love these simple summer science experiments that help kids learn and explore with summer seashells! For this seashell activities all you need are a couple simple materials to try your hand at an EASY acid base experiment. Try this summer science with toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd graders too. I just love using summer activity for kids that are fun and educational too!number-tracing-sandcastles sand volcano summer science experiment and beach activity for kids Help students practice matching upper and lowercase letters with these fun, summer themed Sandcastle Printable Alphabet Puzzles. These free abc printables are a great way to help preschool, pre k, kindergarten, and first grade children work on literacy skills.

Beach Theme

lemon volcano experiment for kids mentos and soda experiment Kids will be excited to learn and explore when making this ice cream volcano! This is a combination of an ice cream activity and easy volcano experiments for one EPIC, memorable summer activity for kids! Try this summer experiment as part of your ice cream theme with toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd graders. This project causes a super cool, baking soda and vinegar reaction that will create a fun WOW moment for kids! This plane will FLY! I was stunned that this pool noodle airplane craft flew as high and as far for as long as it did. If I was stunned, my kids were in complete awe! Try this plane craft with preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th graders too. This pool noodle craft is perfect for lazy summer days as a summer craft for kids or as part of a transportation or plane theme!

Summer Fun

Looking for more outdoor activities for kids and things to do in the summer? Your toddler, preschool, pre k, kindergarten, and elementary age kids will love these fun ideas to keep them busy all summer long:

Watermelon Rhyming Words Worksheets for summer leraning with preschool, kindergarten, and first grade students  Summer Sight Word Worksheets This free printable S'Mores themed Skip Counting Activity is perfect for a summer or camping theme math activity for kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade and 4th grade students. Practice counting and tracing numbers is a great way for children to practice and improve their knowledge of the numbers and simple math skills. 

Summer Learning

The summer is the perfect time for sneaking in some fun summer science experiments while having an outrageously fun time with a summer activity for kids! In this density tower, children will learn about the layers of the ocean as they make a simple beach science experiment. This beach theme preschool activities is perfect for pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th graders too.  You will love this clever ocean themed science experiments that is a cool twist on the classic density experiment for kids out there.

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Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of Kindergarten Worksheets and Games. As a busy mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! Browse through more than 200,000 pages of FREE worksheets & educational activities for kindergartners! Plus don't miss her other sites www.123homeschool4me.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com

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