Monday, November 17, 2014

Playing with your Dinner: Testing if different Thanksgiving Foods Float or Sink

Need something to keep the little ones occupied while you cook this Thanksgiving?   We decided to do some investigating with some of our Thanksgiving foods.  This would be simple to setup in the kitchen and have the kids test or experiment while you prepare for the dinner!  We investigated which of our Thanksgiving foods would float and which would sink (we have enjoyed some float-sink activities before}.   What is great is that even young Bear got into it.

To get started we setup a selection of Thanksgiving foods.  This is completely customizable to what you have at home.

The girls took turns selecting a food, predicting if it would sink or float and then dropping it into the water.   There was a twist - if it did the opposite of what they thought they had to eat it (if possible).  This resulted in some giggles {and new foods tried}!

We had a couple of fun surprises along the way - like our floating sweet potato.

To work on our documenting and observing skills we also drew our different foods on a sheet labelled with a 'Float' and 'Sink' column.  Of course at the end everything was thrown in the bowl!

The girls really enjoyed investigating what floats and what sinks with the different food.  We were surprised that so many things floated.  Of course that lead to us watching videos of cranberries being harvested.


  • Bowl with water
  • Thanksgiving foods e.g. cheese, cranberries, corn, peas, carrots, apples, pumpkins, cheese
  • Recording sheet and colored pencils (optional)
  • Towel


  1. Place your bowl on the towel on the table.
  2. Take turns selecting an item to test.  
  3. Predict if it will sink or float.
  4. Drop it in the water and see what happens.
  5. Record the results on your sheet.


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