April 24, 2014

Aluminum Foil Boats

What could make physics fun? Aluminum foil, pennies, and water!  Of course the girls didn't realize that they were practicing physics!  Their first challenge was to create a boat, that floats, out of aluminum foil.

I gave them each similar pieces of foil and allowed them to fold them however they wanted to make a boat.

They each came up with a couple options that ranged from completely flat to a ball. Yeah I don't know why they made a ball.  Then the next part was to make sure they floated.

They each had at least one boat that would float, so on to the last part of e challenge, the pennies. We wanted to see what boat would hold the most pennies before sinking.  We gently added pennies one at a time to each boat.  As soon as water started come in we stopped adding pennies to that boat. They were pretty amazed that the flat boat held pennies at all!

In the end the high sided, more cup shaped boat held the most pennies without sinking!

The girls really enjoyed this experiment! I think they would have kept designing new boats as long as I gave them foil too! They also suggested making more boats and seeing which one would hold the most ponies. Have your kids ever made boats? What did they use?

April 22, 2014

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April 20, 2014


The house we just moved into has an unfinished basement, so until we get it finished, the kids have all their foam letters on the floor to play on. One day they said something about their being 2 of each letters, but the letters looked different. Apparently each set of foam letters has a different font.

For some reason this prompted a game of find the letter in the appropriate font (square or swirly). Daddy called out the letter and the font, and the kids tried to be the first one to hop on it. Even Eli played, but he just tried to hop on the right letter in either font. 

At one point Daddy decided to be ornery and call out the letter that I was standing on which prompted much searching, eventually even from me, until I stepped off the letter.

It was pretty funny when they all went for the same letter and collided. Of course they never hit each other hard enough to hurt, and it always resulted in giggling! I am pretty sure they would have played all day if we hadn't had somewhere else to be!

Now they ask to play it each time we are all in the basement! It is so funny how simple things turn out to be favorites! What active ways have you practiced letters with your child?

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