Sunday, February 8, 2009

Unplugged - Floating!

Float was a fun theme for us. I knew that E would enjoy my first idea, because I had seen hundreds of kids do it at a fair a few years ago. The idea was to take a piece of aluminum foil and make a little boat....then place pennies into it, counting them up as long as the boat stays afloat. It's really a competition, but E just took sinking the boat as the goal!
Baby m had a good old time too, but his theme seemed to be "splash." I couldn't give him too much to float in the water, because he took it all to be food...maybe because I had him in his high chair.When cousins J and L came over on Saturday, we did a "floaty" craft...dragon boats! E had seen an episode of Ni Hao Ki Lan where there was a dragon boat race...oops, does that violate the "unplugged" part??? Anyway, I drew out a template for the kids to color, and then we cut them out and decorated them with ribbons. I told them that the dragons would scare away the bad guys and they seemed to like the thought of that. I was so impressed with the way my niece used scissors...she insisted that she could cut out the dragon herself, and she's only 3! She didn't do a bad job, either. Sure, we had to tape the head back on, but so what? Her independence was to be admired. I think the picture below shows that it was another big Unplugged Success!(My question for those reading is this...is there a way I can share templates on the web? How do people put files out there to share??? Any input would be appreciated.)

9 comments:

TopazTook said...

That was a good idea for "float"; we may have to try that! (We ended up just talking about what floats during bathtime.)

I think you can make a pdf of your template and post it somehow?? That's what things I download tend to be, so there has to be a way to upload them.

Crescent Moon said...

I'm not all that tech savvy. I've just been scanning patterns as full pages and saving them as pictures. Then telling people to print them out as a full page picture to get the correct size pattern. I guess I should learn how to do that the right way, too.

naomi said...

Nice project, love the baby picture! Can't advise on the template thing but most I've seen are PDF's. By the way, I'm posting your letter tomorrow!

Mom Unplugged said...

I am so glad that everyone had fun here! The pennies on foil idea is a especially good one. I can see that kids of many ages would love it, even if just to sink the boat, as you say!

Michie said...

We might have to try the pennies on foil one of these days!

Yelli said...

That was an awesome idea! I used to do a competition in my class to see who could get the most pennies without sinking. I think the best one I saw over the years was something like 300 pennies.

BTW: I knew you would click on the bacon! We scientists are definitely the curious type. :)

Yelli said...

Oh look...now your blog has bacon on it too!

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Clare said...

The foil boats are great! My children would love it! Thank you for sharing.

Amber said...

You should try http://www.scribd.com/
or http://www.4shared.com I have downloaded PDFs from both these sites. Let me know if it worked!

 
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