Check out this really cool water experiment for kids! It’s such a cool science experiment to try at home!
Are you looking for a super fun indoor activity that is going to have the kid’s thinking that they’re magic? This Water in a Bag Pencil Experiment needs to be next up on your homeschooling or weekend activity radar!
All you need are a few simple supplies to get started and this is one “trick” that the kids can do over and over again.
Water In A Bag Pencil Experiment – Water Experiment for Kids
Once I told the girls that we were going to be doing something that “might” get them soaked with water, they were 100% down to join. (Even though I was “pretty sure” that they were going to not have any issues since it was so simple)
As I explained how the water in a bag pencil experiment was going to work, their eyes kept getting bigger and bigger. Luckily, they’re trusting of me and knew that I wouldn’t steer them wrong!
As you’ll be able to see from the pictures below, this is a simple project that kids can literally do all on their own. (although having a partner is needed to be able to hold up the bag)
Materials needed for this Water Experiment for Kids
- Ziploc/Storage Bags
- Sharp Pencils
- Water Tray (just in case)
As any good scientist knows, you have to make certain that all your materials are good to go for the experiment, which is what my girls are doing below.
Filling the bag full of water and making certain that there are no holes or leaks anywhere to be found. Did you know it looks real weird to look through a water-filled bag? My six year old was very amused by this.
Then, once they both had a chance to inspect the bags, it was time to get started. (The excitement level was through the roof at this point in time!)
How to do this Water Experiment for Kids
Once you have the bags inspected and filled with water, it’s time to start sticking in the sharpened pencils and not letting any of the water out.
The key is to have the water bag held tightly at the top with two hands by the first child while the second child inserts the sharpened pencils it straight through, no crazy angles allowed.
Repeat the same pattern over and over again with more and more pencils. How many can they actually get in the bag before it pops?
Once they’re done adding in all the pencils and they find out that it didn’t burst, have them start to pull out the pencils one by one to see the water start to instantly gush out! (This is where the water tray comes into play!)
They can pull the pencils out fast or slowly, whatever they choose to do.
This is a great way to work on counting skills or to talk about their own theories as to why the pencils are actually keeping the water in the bag. It should all leak out once they add in the pencils, right?
That’s just not the case! Your children are going to love this simple activity and its one that they can easily do over and over again. (and if they get too messy with it, they can go outside on the porch to do this activity as well)
Even though your children may know that it’s not actually magic, they’re still going to have a blast creating this simple science experiment. And it’s one that they can go online and show all their friends, too!
Have fun with this simple indoor activity! It’s great for a wide variety of ages and so much fun!
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