# Kids' Science: What if an Elephant Sat on it?

This kids' science activity generates discussion, bolsters confidence, and rings with laughter in the process of analyzing household items.

Here's a science activity that finds the kids' entrance to analytic thinking.  Classifying and interpreting data go hand in hand with scientific procedure.  This activity generates discussion, bolsters confidence, and rings with laughter in the process of analyzing household items.

Here's what you do:

The activity begins with a data collection adventure.  Search around the house with your child for ten things that start with the letter b. After that, search for ten things that start with the letter c.  Make a list of the items as you're going around the house (make sure the lists are labeled).

To make the data hunt more interesting, turn it into a challenge by using a timer. An oven timer will work just fine.  Compare the times to determine which set of data was more difficult to collect.

Limitation: items must have weight.  Things like blue, bouncy and beautiful are out.  Things like boot, ball and bell are in.

Now take your lists to the kitchen table and begin the process of classifying and interpreting the data.  Many of the classifications are zany, to say the least.  The intention is to bring fun and laughter to the process.

1.  Start by asking which item on each list is the smallest.  For example, bean might be the smallest item on your first list, and clock might be the smallest item on your second list.  Put a check mark next to those items.

2.  Ask which of the items are the biggest.  Bed might be the biggest item on the first list, and coat might be the biggest item on the second list.  Put a square around those items.

3.  Can you make a soup out of it?  Go down the list and analyze each of the items.  Consider the following, for example:

-corn

-cards

-chair

-celery

4.  If it were twice as big, could you still use it?  Go down the list and analyze each of the items.  Consider the following items, for example:

-ball

-boot

-bowl

-brush

Could you still use a ball if it were twice as big?  How about a boot?  Record your answers.

5.  Does Grandma have one in her house?
Go down the list and analyze each of the items.  Consider the following, for example:

-computer

-cat

-couch

-crown

6.  If it were green, would you still want it?  Go down the list and analyze each of the items.  Consider the following, for example:

-banana

-bed

-book

-blouse

7.  If an elephant sat on it, would it still be any good?  Go down the list and analyze each of the items.  Consider the following, for example:

-couch

-crayon

-clock

-costume

8.  Is it easy to rhyme? Go down the list and analyze each of the items.  Consider the following, for example:

-bell

-button

-broom

-butter

9.  Would you want ten more?  Go down the list and analyze each of the items.  Consider the following, for example:

-cat

-clock

-cup

-curtain

10.  Is it something you might take with you to the zoo?
Go down the list and analyze each of the items.  Consider the following, for example:

-boots

-brownies

-bottle

-books