INTERNATIONAL BATH DAY
On June 14, celebrate International Bath Day by filling up a lovely bath for your children. Realize that bath time is a great time to discover and learn. With just a few bath toys or simple plastic cups, they will immediately begin to test the waves of their water lab. Watch and see how every child becomes a little scientist with fresh new bath time discoveries!
Legend has it that on this day Greek mathematician, scientist and scholar, Archimedes, discovered while taking a bath that an object’s volume could be accurately measured by being submerged in water! Unable to contain his excitement, Archimedes leapt out of the bathtub and yelled, “Eureka, Eureka!” as he ran through the streets of Syracuse, Greece. Archimedes’ exact date of birth is not known, only the year (287BC) so the day chosen to commemorate is the day that he leapt out of the bath tub, June 14th. How was this date determined? The ancient Greek legend says that it was exactly one week before the beginning of summer. The calendar in those days was astronomical and seasons were determined due to the 23.5-degree tilt of the Earth’s rotational axis in relation to its orbit around the sun. Summer began (then and today) on June 21st so a week before is June 14th and this was the date set.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Make bath time fun and full of discovery! Like Archimedes, children can learn the basic properties of physics such as empty versus full, floating, sinking, weight, and cause and effect all while having FUN in the tub! Use #InternationalBathDay to share on social media.
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