At play time the children made boats from different materials than yesterday.
This child made a submarine complete with a water tank that could be filled or emptied.
After the boats were made the children had races, which helped them to discover that wind powers some types of boats.
One child realized that paper boats quickly get wet and sink so he made a double layer on the bottom of his boat to protect the main part from getting too wet.
The children also experimented with making ships out of plasticine. It was interesting to see what they formed with the pliable material.
The children wrote their best attempt on a piece of paper near the water table.
In order to capitalized on this interest and promote more literacy, we placed a number of additional books about boats from the school library at the science center. We are hoping the pictures and information will inspire more inquiry and adventure at our science and water play centers!