This past weekend we took our two little scientists to Liberty Science Center to do their very first science experiment. They were so excited to try on their oversized lab coats. Yes, much too big, but oh so cute! They sat down, surprisingly quiet for a pair under five. It was a pleasant surprise to see them cooperating and so engaged as they followed step by step directions. They needed to do the salt water wedge model as a team. The purpose of the experiment was to offer a visual representation of how salt water from the ocean meets and mixes with freshwater flowing from the Hudson River.
Most children love to play with water and color. This experiment had both and I believe that is what sparked their interest, making it a success! They took turns adding salt to one section, to make it “beach salty” and adding blue and red dye to separate compartments. At the end, they were able to see how the two waters mix and create “brackish” water. As parents, we are the first teachers and should not pass the opportunity to be part of shaping young little minds. It’s never too late to create indelible memories with your children or grandchildren through science. This activity was fun, educational and one they remember well. Young little minds are sharp and comprehend much more than we may believe.