This easy experiment will teach your preschooler or kindergartner about evaporation in an easy to see, hands-on way. Plus get you out into the sunshine each morning!
Travis filled two equal containers with 1 cup water each. We made sure to measure carefully before pouring, so our results would be accurate.
We screwed the lid tightly on one container but left the other container open. Place them somewhere that gets direct sunlight.
Each morning for a week, we headed out and measured the water. On the first day, the difference wasn’t that great, 1.5 inches of water in the lidded container, versus 1 inch in the open one.
By the next day, the results were 1.25 inches in the closed container (some had condensed on the lid!) versus only .75 inches in the open.
I asked Travis where the water was going and he correctly understood that some was evaporating into the air each day.
We continued to check on subsequent days, until a final reading of .25 inches in our open container. As a final component, Travis drew what had happened, showing a very full closed container and only a small layer of water in the open one. Those are three hot orange suns boiling off the water at the top!
A fantastic STEM/STEAM project for your summer!