Last week end my husband and I were in the hardware store - buying kindergarten supplies.
We bought 2 lengths of 3/4 inch pvc pipe and a bunch of connectors.
My husband, good man that he is, cut the pipe into lengths. After cutting up the first pipe in random lengths, he thought that the kids might like to be able to build structures. He cut the second pipe into 2 different sized lengths.
I put the pipe, connectors, some tubing and funnels into the water table. And then took it outside.
The kidlets started building.
Then the water pouring began.
It's only fun to pour water in, if that water is going to come out somewhere. That posed a number of questions.
Where is the water?
Why is the pipe leaking?
How will gravity affect the water flow. (We learned about gravity with Col. Chris Hadfield.)
Where will the water go if there is a closed loop?
I didn't answer any questions. The kidlets were experimenting, finding what worked and what didn't work, and adapted the pipe structure based on new information.
Sounds like the scientific process to me.
And to think that we stopped at the hardware store for a lightbulb ...