Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Fan Experiments

This floating ball experiment inspired me to start this blog.

It was a hot summer day - note diaper only baby, so we had the fan turned on full blast. J's favorite toy at the time was a beach ball. I remembered seeing floating balls at the science museums, so I thought I'd give it a try at home. J's light went on. Each of the following days, he asked us to turn on the fan so he can make the ball float. He also tried to unsuccessfully float other balls, but figuring it out experimentally is really fun! All you need is a beach ball and a fan!

But wait, there's more fan fun!

Spray your kid with water and point the fan at him.

J learning about convection

Scream as loud as you can into the fan. Closer to the fan = better results!

J learning about voice inflection due to air flow

**edited 3/29/12 - you may not be able to tell from the picture, but the fan is seated far enough away from the cage + J has fat fingers that they wouldn't fit through the cage. Also, it's very important to make sure your child knows limits. J is not allowed to touch the fan no matter what. Make sure parents/adults follow the no touching rule too! (we need a fan since we don't have A/C and it gets over 100+ degrees in our apartment)

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