Everyone is bored. it’s a rainy rainy day, so I looked through a nature book for some afternoon inspiration. I remembered our floaty boat box! I first made it 10 years ago. I guess it was meant to be cracked open today because the kids spent almost 3 hours creating natural boats for the puddles. It cost $0 for discovery, imagination, prediction, experiment, challenge and teamwork. The best discovery was that the dried sheath base of a fallen royal palm tree frond acts like leather, and was able to withstand the construction of their boats.
Remember to keep it fun, and natural engagement will come!
What‘s now (as of today) in our box:
3 sizes of skewers
sea grape leaves
giant bird of palm frond leaf squares
dried royal palm frond leaf sheath (base)
giant bird of paradise frond petioles (stems)
dried royal palm seeds
citrus fruit rinds
Some good questions:
What object floats best?
Whose boat can carry the most weight?
What makes something not float?
How can you make your boat stronger without it sinking because it’s too heavy?
What kind of sail are you using? Why is having one important?
Why is a plant stem able to float?
Is a dried leaf better as a sail?
Take your boats into the swimming pool. Who’s is fastest when you blow on the sails?
How many boat styles can you create?
How can you add color to your boat?
Will your boat be able to secure cargo?