Ice Boats, Rain Puddles, and Color Mixing

Its been raining here a lot lately. And rain of course means puddles, glorious muddy puddles to stomp and splash in.

Beyond stomping in puddles, I thought it might be fun to have boats. Our last attempt to make boats was a complete fail. I’m still not sure what we did wrong. I made walnut shell boats as a child and they always floated just fine, but these ones sunk to the bottom immediately.
So today, in order to avoid the disappointment of two failures in a row, I opted to use something I knew would float: ice.

I filled an ice cube tray with water, put a toothpick in each one, and added food coloring.¬†For sails I just wrapped a piece of masking tape around each toothpick. It wasn’t pretty but the kids didn’t care, they had fun.
Ice Boats And Rain Puddles, Suzy Homeschooler (2)
Since LittleMan has been working on color mixing lately, I used only primary colors and encouraged him to float two colored boats in each puddle to see if we could make a new color (it worked!).

SunnyGirl could care less about the orange puddle, she was just happy to squish her hands in the mud.
Ice Boats And Rain Puddles, Suzy Homeschooler (1)

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2 Comments to Ice Boats, Rain Puddles, and Color Mixing

  1. Very clever! Love the masking tape sails. I’ll have to try this!

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