Today we did our first experiment from this great book!
Why No Flood?
You will need:
- a piece of cardboard or large index card
- glass of water
What to do:
Place the cardboard over the drinking glass which you have filled to the brim with water.
Make sure no air bubbles enter the glass as you hold the cardboard against it. Then turn the glass upside down over a sink or basin. Take away the hand holding the cardboard.
The cardboard stays in place- and the water stays in the glass.
The pressure of the air outside the glass is greater than the pressure of the water inside. It is the air pressure that keeps the water in the glass.
- I practiced this trick a few times during the kids naps so i knew what i was doing beforehand :) (that’s also why the cardboard is wet in some of the pics, not because the water was leaking from the cup)
- I somewhat ‘slid’ the cardboard over the cup to let less air in than if i had just laid it over the top.
- When explaining this trick to connor and bri (mostly connor), i focused on explaining about the air- that because there was no air, the cup was suctioned to the cardboard. But once air got inside, the cup let go.
- This trick worked almost everytime. However depending on how much air slipped in, some times the cup lasted longer than other times. So make sure you try this experiment over a sink as the cup will drop at some point and water will splash out! Connor got a kick out of this.
Let me know if you try this out! It was fun and easy :)