Art and Activity Centre: Water Magnifier

One well-known quality of water is that it makes things wet. But did you know that water also makes things look larger than they really are? See how water gets magnified in this easy kids’ activity.

One well-known quality of water is that it makes things wet. But did you know that water also makes things look larger than they really are? See how water gets magnified in this easy kids’ activity.

Materials:

Use a piece of glass or plastic, newspaper, crayon, eyedropper and water.

How to Make Water Magnifier:

Step 1: Get a small piece of clear glass or plastic. (Remember to be careful when handling glass.) Put the clear glass or plastic on top of a piece of newspaper that has small print on it.

Step 2: Use a crayon to draw a small circle on the slide. Look closely at the print that is within that circle.

Step 3: With an eyedropper, carefully put a drop of water in the circle. Now look at the print again. Does it look larger? This is because the water drop bends rays of light, magnifying the print.

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