Every so often I like to repeat experiments that the boys and I have done in the past. For one it is a great way to see if they learned anything from that experiment. Secondly, I like to see how there thinking has changed as they have gotten older. Lastly, Thing 3 all of them are to the age where they can participate.
This week we were suppose to have terrible storms, so I had planned to do a repeat of the clay boat activity we did back in 2011 and 2012. The big difference this time around is that each boy created a boat on their own. Ok, I may have helped Thing 3 a little bit, but Thing 1 and Thing 2 were all on their own.
Here is each ones original creation.
The first thing we did was test to make sure everyone’s boat would float. While Thing 1 and my boat floated, Thing 2 and Thing 3’s immediately sunk. So I gave Thing 2 and Thing 3 some time to redesign their boats.
Round 2: Everyone’s boat floated, so we all begin adding pennies to our boats to see whose could hold the most weight. We may have raised the stakes a little by saying that the losers make dinner. 😉
Thing 2’s redesign
Thing 3’s redesign
Thing 3 was the first boat to sink, but that may have been because he added some water to his boat too.
Next was Thing 2, but I think his boat had moved too far away from him, which caused him to sink it with his hand.
Thing 1 and I were close, until Thing 1’s boat sunk and I was the winner!
The boys continued to build and rebuild boats for at least 45 more minutes. It was a great time. I am sure we will be repeating this experiment a few more times in the future.