Our solar water fountains help us learn about solar energy, we play with them on a sunny day.
We use the water from our rain water tank so we are not wasting water and then put it on the plants.
The water needs to cover the pumps, then we connect the solar panel.
When the children hold the connected solar panels up to the sun …
water spouts out of the fountains.
As soon as they turned them away or placed them in the shade, even a shadow, the water stopped – talk about instant energy!
We ask questions what if…? and tell our friends, then show them how. This is enquiry based learning through play. We also like to make tracks for our solar cars, a story for another day.
The children also have heaps of fun with a fountain next to the sandpit, which recirculates its water.