Pebble creature problem solving & estimation
How many pebble creatures will sink the boat?!
Age Range: all ages
Duration: 1-2 hours
Time Of Day: any time
Category: curriculum outdoors
Create some pebble creatures – acrylic pen eyes are best for this activity.
Plan the session to be child led play and learning, this makes learning relative and is best achieved by adults standing back and observing.
If using sticky eyes in your outdoor setting use paper ones rather than plastic.
Paper sticky eyes are white so you can see them on the ground if they fall off, thus helping with a ‘leave no trace’ approach to being outdoors.
Plastic googly eyes are best left at home as, if lost and left behind, they can have a detrimental impact on the environment.
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?
Take it further
Eureka!!! The play may lead to questions about displacement – provide resources to help the group explore this area of learning.