On Friday we taught the children that the water in the ocean is different from the water we drink (or the water in lakes and rivers). I told the children that the ocean was made up of salt water. Then I made some salt water and together we looked at it, smelled it, and then tasted it! Each child got a small cup with about a tablespoon of saltwater (I only gave them this much because I accidentally made it REALLY salty!). After I gave them their cup I asked them to smell the saltwater and tell me what they thought. Some thought it smelled “dirty” others said they “just smelled the cup”, and others said it smelled “like salt”. Then I asked them if it looked different from the water we get from the drinking fountain – and we decided it didn’t. Then I let them drink their water – and it was about a 50-50 split on who liked the saltwater and who didn’t!
I then gave them a small cup with freshwater in it and we repeated the same process. When I asked the children what they fresh water smelled like some said “clean” while others said “nothing”. We agreed it looked like saltwater and most of us said it tasted better then the saltwater! It was a good discussion and I’m glad we got the opportunity to talk about how the animals in the ocean have to live in a special kind of water.