Good Morning Watershed Explorers,
I would like to challenge you to complete a nature STEM activity today. Build a nature boat. If you have time, build a few and see what model floats best. Create a family competition and have everyone build a boat and race them to see whose can go the fastest, furthest or just float better. The best place for boat building and racing is near a river site, but if you can't get to one, you could always be creative at home and test your boat in a bucket or pan of water to see if it floats.
The best materials for boat building are those that are already lying on the ground. Try not to use live nature. Leaves, branches, grasses, mud and moss make great boat building materials.
This is a boat that my children and I created a few weeks ago. It did float and in fact made it pretty far downstream. My oldest daughter even picked out a rock captain to see if it would stay in the boat, and it did!
Here are the details of a boat building activity from The Kids Guide to Exploring Nature to provide some guidance if you need it.
If you get a chance to try this, please send me some pictures and details of your experience. I would love to showcase them in a future post. If you do get out to a river site to try this, remember to be safe while exploring and to practice proper social distancing protocol if others are at the site you visit.