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One of the most popular Australian authors at our kindergarten is Pamela Allen. Her books are fun and bright and often lead to science experimentation. An example of this is ‘Alexander’s Outing‘ about a duck which falls down a hole and floats back up to the top when people pour water into the hole.

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The children love the story, but also enjoy saving Alexander themselves – easy done with a tall container, a jug of water and a small duck.

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Don’t foget to pop some plastic …

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…or a tray underneath as it ALWAYS overflows!

If you don’t have a floating duck you could use anything from a cork to a ping-ping ball.


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3 Responses to “Alexander’s Outing”


  1. I am always looking for simple science ideas to share with parents. I love this idea! I’m looking forward to reading more of your science posts, and looking up some of Pamela Allen’s books. Thank you!

    ::: We LOVE science too Kristi and more importantly so do young children! :) :)

  2. avatar Catherine Atkinson says:

    At our centre we regularly use this great book and complete a similar experiment. But then one day the children noticed the sandwich sinking in the hole as Alexander floated to the top. Here was another experiment to try – does a sandwich sink or float? The children discovered that even a very soggy sandwich will still float – not sink as it does in the story. We took some photos, drew some pictures and sent them off to Pamela Allen’s publisher. A few weeks later we received a lovely letter back from the author herself!!! A wonderful treat.

    ::: Wow Catherine how nice of Pamela Allen to do that … that is so exciting! And to think, in all the times we tried this experiment not once did we think of using the sandwich … up here for thinking!!! :) :)


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