I love finding materials around our home to make toys and use for science experiments. It is an excellent way to recycle and make good use of what you have. My son has adopted the habit of recycling items like water bottles, plastic tubes, paper towels and toilet paper rolls. He puts them in our science drawer. Surprisingly, we don’t have trouble finding fun projects to do with these materials like the DIY Boat for Kids.
This week we are showing you how to use household items to make a DIY boat for kids. The best thing about this project is it involves water and balloons, which are two of my son’s favorites. The DIY boat for kids incorporates the science of using wind to make the boat move.
You only need the following ingredients…
- Soft sponge
- Plastic tube or we used a plastic tube from a water bottle
- Balloon (1)
- Marker (1)
- Bath tub or pool
While doing this experiment, my son and I discussed how the air in your lungs is used to provide energy for the boat. You may also introduce your child to Newton’s third law of motion which states for every action, there is an equal and opposite action. Our DIY boat for kids is a great example of this law because it moves forward by the air pushing the water backwards.
This boat also makes a bubbly motor sound in the water, which your kids will love. The best part of this activity is it is easy and fun to do.
If your child is like my son, they will want to activate the boat repeatedly.
Watch the video below to see how it is done.
The video below comes from my son’s YouTube Channel, Corban’s Fun Learning Adventures. Please subscribe to the channel IF you like what you see.
Have fun with this activity!
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