On June 14th, 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!
HOW TO OBSERVE #InternationalBathDay
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!
- Add cups of various sizes
- Include floating toys
- Encourage exploration with spinners and tubes
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INTERNATIONAL BATH DAY HISTORY
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. No one knows the exact date of Archimedes’ birth. However, we do know he was born in the year 287BC. To honor Archimedes, we commemorate the date he leapt out of the bathtub, June 14th.
How was this date determined? The ancient Greek legend says that it was precisely one week before the beginning of summer. In those days, the Greeks followed an astronomical calendar and the 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. The week before is June 14th, and this was the date set.
In 2016, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed the day to be observed on June 14th, annually.
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