We are typically not big fans of mass produced catalog materials but…this is awesome! It is engaging, open ended, well designed, durable and a just right challenge for 5 year olds!
A vinyl rain gutter capped and sealed on the ends was so much fun during Preschool Science Camp! Creating boats and using our own wind force to move them was a just right challenge for the 4-5 year olds! This could definitely be expanded into a project.
I used the same activity at a K-2 science camp but added more boat research and exploration of buoyancy and force. We also experimented more with the construction of the boats – size and shape of the boats (pool noodle), sails (parchment paper) and masts (skewers).
Measuring the length of our “route,” using stopwatches and counting how many breaths it takes incorporates math standards.