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My ship


Children build their own boats and experiment with sailing and sinking. Then, they make their own naval history, working as a team.

Learning objectives

  • We are cultivating scientific ways of thinking: experimentation, observation, and conclusion.

  • Approximate hover - dip effect.

  • Enhance imagination and group thinking


Suggested age group



80 minutes

Fields in S.T.E.A.M.

  • Sciences

  • Art


For the boat:

· 1 plastic straw.

· Paper for the sails (a triangle is enough, which you can paint as you like).

· 1 metal lid (e.g. from a jar of honey, mayonnaise, jam).

· Liquid glue.

· Masking tape or scotch tape.

· Pair of scissors.

For the experiment:

· A large enough basin of water.

· Caps from old bottles or other packaging.

· Objects such as play doh, a pencil and paper.



The students build their boats following the steps presented in the tutorial. The children need to function autonomously, undertaking the development of the mechanical part, with the teacher having a supportive and coordinating role.


Children place their boats in the basin and observe that they float. Does the same happen with all objects? Try placing play doh, paper, pencil, or other objects in your classroom in the water. What do you notice?


Then the children are asked to "load" their boats with lids. Who can add the most? Why can it sink?


All the children sit in a circle in the group and present their constructions to their classmates. They get asked to name their boats and consider where they want to travel.


All children sit in a circle in the group.

The kindergarten teacher chooses a ship and starts the story. "Once upon a time there was a ship..." Each child takes the ship in their hands and adds their part to the story, continuing where the previous one left off. The kindergarten teacher asks questions to enhance the children's participation and imagination: What could have happened next? Where; Who might have appeared? What would he do?

You can continue if the story is not completed in one circle and as long as the children show interest in the process. Finally the children can draw the story.

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