Pebble problem solving & estimation
How many pebble creatures will sink the boat?!
What you'll need
- pebble creatures
- milk cartons/plastic bottle
- large container
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Consider the environmental impact of preparing, carrying out & completing this activity. Could this impact be reduced? Specific considerations for this activity could include:
- leave no trace (especially if using stickers)
- use non-toxic water based pigment as alternative to acrylic pens
Health & Safety Considerations
Follow your usual operating procedures and carry out appropriate risk benefit assessments.
Some considerations particular to this activity include:
- supervision by water
- using scissors
Create some pebble creatures – acrylic pen eyes are best for this activity.
Make a vessel – how about using some items heading for the recycling bin?
Boats can be all sorts of shapes and sizes and made of different materials. The one pictured is made from an old milk carton.
The children are now leading the play:
There are endless learning opportunities taking place, with the added benefit of time spent with one of the elements. In addition playing with water is calming and therapeutic.
- count how many pebbles the boat will carry?
- have discussions about what will happen?
- come up with design improvements?
- estimate how many creatures the boats will hold?
- test theories?
Take it further:
Eureka!!! The play may lead to questions about displacement – provide resources to help the group explore this area of learning.
Disclaimer: Muddy Faces cannot take any responsibility for accidents or damage that occurs as a result of following this activity.You are responsible for making sure the activity is conducted safely.