MOCpages : Share your LEGO® creations
LEGO models my own creation MOCpages toys shop Will It Float? - Kindergarten Version
Welcome to the world's greatest LEGO fan community!
Explore cool creations, share your own, and have lots of fun together.  ~  It's all free!
Will It Float? - Kindergarten Version
A MOCathalon category even kindergarteners could attempt.
About this creation
This week in our kindergarten classroom (5 & 6 year olds) we continued our floating experiments. The children tested the buoyancy of containers of various size and material by adding progressively more and more pennies to each one. They hypothesized several interesting ideas; “When water goes inside something, it doesn’t float”, “When the top is on a container, it floats because air is inside”, “Air is the gravity that keeps things up”, “When paper gets wet, it breaks”, “Bigger things float better”, “More weight (pennies) makes things sink”, and “When the water level gets high, it lets the water in (the containers)”.

Toward the end of the day we suggested that we could make our own ‘boats’ out of Lego the next day, and test those the same way. The kids came up with a list of strategies from the observations they made from the morning; “Make it wide and tall”, “Make it light”, “Support it so it doesn’t tip”, Put high walls and a roof on it”, Make it symmetrical” and “make it thick”.

Tuesday we used those ideas to construct our Lego boats with various levels of success. The children soon discovered that their first attempt was not always successful, and it often required several revisions to get the ‘boat’ to hold the maximum amount of pennies, and even to make a boat that doesn’t tip over.




Shades of blue that were once expertly sorted.






Adding walls to keep the water out.






Ready to test the waters, so to speak.






The maiden voyage.






A successful result.



We chose to start with Lego as a first material to construct our boats because of it's natural floating ability and the ease at which the medium could be revised (also, one of the teachers in the class is a 'Lego expert').




Comments

 I like it 
  August 5, 2013
Don't know how it is I haven't seen this yet, Dave. What a great little activity for these young minds. I, of course, love sitting cross-legged in the middle of the carpet to watch what my daughter builds when she occasionally dives into my collection, but to see so many at once has to be a great feeling. Maybe some future AFOLs in that bunch. I wonder if you ever have that in mind when you work with kids and LEGO. Are you wondering if you're influencing one of the future's great LEGO builders?
 I like it 
  April 4, 2010
This is why you are my hero.~H
 I like it 
  April 3, 2010
I can only smile when I read posts like this. A teacher bringing lego into class for some extra educational value? That's more than tops!
 I like it 
  April 3, 2010
Wow! I wish I could play with Lego with kids! I just get to play with myself (not as much fun as it sounds)!
 I like it 
  April 2, 2010
"When the top is on a container, it floats because air is inside” - Whichever little genius hypothesized that is a little genius! Looks like a lot of fun!
 I like it 
  April 2, 2010
I wish that is what we did when I was in kindergarten. We played PC games!
 I like it 
  April 2, 2010
So wait a sec, Lego is an educational tool now? Alright I must learn stuff that makes me smart everyday like....? Great to see you shaping the next generation Dave.
 I like it 
  April 2, 2010
Lego in the classroom. Genius! Though i'm betting the drying and sorting after playtime was a pain. Though you probably had the kids do that, didn't you?
 I like it 
  April 2, 2010
That is a great way to teach kids! Too bad I couldn't do that in my physics class...
 I like it 
  April 2, 2010
Wow, you have a Lego expert teaching with you? That's awesome man... oh wait... never mind. Ok, jokes aside this was a GREAT experiment that you did with the kids. Anything that fosters cretivity and active learning gets an A+ in my book! You know, if you worked just a "little" bit closer to me, I'd have to make sure that my daughter was in your class when she gets that age. Hats off to you sir. Good show! ~ Chris.
 I like it 
  April 2, 2010
You're awesome, teach!
 I like it 
  April 2, 2010
What a fun classroom! They made some cute little floaters :)
 I like it 
  April 2, 2010
O yeah, in my neighbourhood I'm one of the last...definately the last person that builds Lego scale models. You put some life in Lego. Lego should be proud of you and the children. Way to go!!!
 I like it 
  April 2, 2010
You were talking about this last night? Nice work getting all those kids addicted too! -Dylan
 I like it 
  April 2, 2010
What a great idea! I've done floating experiments with clay, but never Lego. It sounds like your students really learned from the experience. Great job, Dave!
 I like it 
  April 2, 2010
any of the kids make a pelekhun?
 I like it 
  April 2, 2010
Looks like the kids are doing fine without the 'LEGO expert'! XD ... That must be a fun class!
 
By Dave Kaleta
Add to my favorite builders

20
people like this. See who.

2,101 visitors
17 comments
Added April 2, 2010
 


LEGO models my own creation MOCpages toys shop Will It Float? - Kindergarten Version


You Your home page | LEGO creations | Favorite builders
Activity Activity | Comments | Creations
Explore Explore | Recent | Groups
MOCpages is an unofficial, fan-created website. LEGO® and the brick configuration are property of The LEGO Group, which does not sponsor, own, or endorse this site.
©2002-2014 Sean Kenney Design Inc | Privacy policy | Terms of use