Kids' Engineering: Let's Build Boats!
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Building Toy Boats with Kids
1. Grab some materials. We used straws, scissors, various types of tape, styrofoam food plates, cups, and paper.
2. Decide on a challenge. We decided that we had to create boats that a) could float in water, b) carry a bunch of pennies, and c) carry a toy car.
3. Then, get to work! While hubby and I made boats, Chuck got to work cutting up straws to create colorful debris for our water. We didn't give ourselves a time limit, but that probably would have been a fun challenge.
4. Fill up the tub with water (and blue food coloring) and test out your boats!
Here are the boats that we made:
Not all of the boats were quite water ready and designs had to be tweaked. I thought the straw raft would be our best bet, but surprisingly it sunk once we placed the toy car on it. (I guess the water filled into the straws' openings?)
As you could probably guess, Chuck just had fun trying out all the boats and playing with the water.
I really enjoyed this activity because it was pretty open ended. Hubby and I came up with completely different solutions for the problem, so it was neat to see other people's creative processes.
Oh yeah, if you liked this activity, you can also try making a shampoo bottle boat too!
Happy engineering, friends!