Floating Dry Erase Creations

Create a drawing with dry erase markers and watch it come to life in a simple, yet amazing experiment.

What You Need: 

  • Water 
  • Dry erase markers 
  • Pie pan or plate with edges (glass or ceramic - with a flat surface) 

What You Do: 

  1. Use the dry-erase markers to draw a design on the dish. Make sure all the lines are connected. 
  2. Slowly pour water off to the side of the drawing in the dish and watch the drawing come to life. 

Words to Use: 

 

  • Adhesive: the ability of an object to stick 
  • Insoluble: not able to be dissolved in a liquid 
  • Buoyancy: the ability of an object to float 
  • Density: how compact something is

Did You Know? 

Dry erase markers are insoluble, meaning they can’t be dissolved in a liquid like water. They also have very few adhesive qualities, which is why they can be easily erased. The lack of adhesive is also what allows the water to make the drawing “come to life” and float, rather than sticking to the dish. The marker drawing is less dense than the water, and floats on it, giving it a life-like quality.

Change It Up:  

 

  • Age it Down: Practice writing letters and do the experiment with those. 
  • Age it Up: Try using different liquids and drawing surfaces and compare the results. Draw more complicated pictures on the dishes.

Learning Connections:  

  • Creativity 
  • Curiosity 
  • Imagination 
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) 
  • Fine Motor Development

Curriculum Connections:
NC Standard Course of Study

  • Science: K.P.2.1, 3.P.2.2, 4.P.2.1, 5.P.1.4, 6.P.2.3 

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