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Water Exploration Station

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Water Exploration Station

In this activity (located on page 3 of the PDF), learners investigate the way water moves and how we can control and direct water. At the Water Exploration Station, learners experiment with various tools like eye droppers, sponges, turkey basters, etc. to move and play with the water. Included in this lesson guide are challenge questions intended to direct the learning.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 8

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Large buckets
  • Measuring cups
  • Eye droppers
  • Strainers
  • Sponges
  • Spray bottles
  • A water table, or plastic tub
  • Turkey basters
  • Funnels
  • Plastic cups or pitchers
  • Objects that sink/float
  • Straws or plastic tubes
  • Water


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Structure
      • Oceans and Water
  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • About Inquiry
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Formulating Explanations

Informal Categories

  • Outdoor Activity
  • Toys


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

Access Rights:

  • Free access



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