"There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million." -Walter Streightiff

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Sink or Float

To honor Columbus, we went on an ocean voyage...

We had a boat with which to sail complete with sail, paddles and an anchor. We rowed and sailed to places our imaginations took us. The song, "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" was sung often throughout the week.

Using paper towel tubes, we added stickers to make scopes to search for land and other things.
Exploring in a pool of water helped us discover the properties of water.
Using shaving cream, food coloring and a squeegie, we were able to create a beautiful ocean mural.

When dry, we added shapes to fill our oceans with boats of all kinds.

We painted to create sails.
Then we rolled bits of clay in which to poke straws. We taped the sails to the straws and then used styrofoam shapes for our boats.
We placed them in our pool and then used our breath to power them. They sailed off to destinations  unknown.
We played a game called "Float or Sink". Using a container filled with water, we chose many things from around the room to place in the water. We made predictions- would the item sink or float?
Move Over by Harriet Zeifert was a fun book to read about a group of friends who go on a boat trip.
Who Sank the Boat? by Pamela Allen was a similar story. The first time we read it, we tried to predict who would sink the boat.
Who could have guessed?
It was the littlest friend of all!

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