Monday, October 11, 2010

Makes My "Columbus Day" - Paper Boats!


Thank goodness for *You Tube (and the pause & rewind buttons) or I would not have been able to pull this off this morning - How to Make a Paper Boat. After just a few minutes, the kids and I made "the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria" to go along with our Christopher Columbus lesson today. We were about to set sail in the bathtub when I decided that adding a BLUE food coloring to the water would really help to them remember that famous rhyme - "Columbus sailed the ocean BLUE in 1492!" The kids really got a kick out of that. Then they were off - huffing and puffing to see who could blow their boat across the tub first!

The boats only float for a few minutes before the paper gets completely soaked. We made a dozen boats or so and even threw in some science testing out which types of paper held up the longest.

For a last minute lesson plan, it turned out great! And I was especially relieved that the food coloring didn't stain the bathtub.

I'm playing along with Twinfatuation's Makes My Monday today!

*The Zoodles giveaway winners will be posted tomorrow!

8 comments:

a49erfangirl said...

I like the idea of the paper boats. I totally forgot it was Columbus Day.

Double the Giggles said...

What a fun way to teach them a little something!

melismama said...

So cute! THanks for stopping by my blog today - blessings for the week!

Kat said...

Oh how fun! I love the blue water. :)

amanda said...

i love when last minute plans come together!!

Jessie Oliveros said...

Science AND history. You are so talented.

Down in the Sun said...

Looks like a great time! We were talking about that very thing today and my kids were trying to remember the blue and 1492! Fun stuff!

blueviolet said...

They're awfully cute! Too band they're not the most seaworthy of creations!