Thursday, March 15, 2012

Boats

Book Suggestions:

Boats by Byron Barton
Boats by Anne Rockwell
Who Sank the Boat? by Pamela Allen
The Boat Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta
Boats, Boats, Boats by Joanne Ruane
The Boy Who Built the Boat by Ross Mueller
Busy Boats by Tony Mitton

Activities:

Shape Boat:
Materials: construction paper, glue, scissors
Description: Cut out several shapes from construction paper prior to doing this activity with your toddler. (A triangle for the sail, a crescent for the boat, a circle for the steering wheel, a long thin rectangle for the mast). Show your toddler all the shapes and see if they can name them. Help them put the shapes together to make a boat. Your toddler can glue the shapes to a piece of paper when they are finished.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot shape recognition, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot language development

Sink or Float:
Materials: a variety of objects found around your house that sink and float
Description: Talk to your toddler about boats and how they float on top of the water. Fill a bucket or bath tub with water. Show your toddler an object that floats on top of the water, like a boat. Now show your toddler an object that sinks, the opposite of float. Give your toddler a variety of objects and have they put one at a time in the water. Have your toddler tell you if the object sinks or floats.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to understand the opposites sink and float, teach your tot to explore and investigating the concepts sink and float, teach your tot to understand that boats floats, teach your tot to develop science skills, teach your tot sensory development

Small, Medium, and Large:
Materials: Pictures of three different size boats
Description: Show pictures of three different size boats to your toddler. Talk about what boat is biggest, medium, and smallest. Have your toddler put the boats in order from biggest to smallest, and then from smallest to biggest.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to understand different sizes, teach your tot to compare and contrast

Slow and Fast:
Description: Boats can travel at slow speeds and fast speeds. You and your little one can pretend to be a boat (making motor noises). You can say this little poem and go slow and fast:
Motor boat, Motor boat go so slow (walk slowly)
Motor boat, Motor boat go so fast (run fast)
Motor boat, Motor boat step on the gas (run really fast).
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to understand slow and fast, teach your tot to compare and contrast, teach your tot rhyming

Cardboard Box Boat:
Materials: cardboard box, blue bed sheet or table cloth, long stick or chopstick, string, magnet, construction paper, paper clips
Description: You and your toddler can turn a cardboard box into a boat. You can get as creative as you like, coloring or painting your boat. Your toddler can think of a name for their boat and you can write it on the side on the box. Place a large blue bed sheet or table cloth under the box, as the water, and have your toddler get into the cardboard box boat.
You can extend this activity by making fish and letting your toddler go fishing from their boat. Simply tie a string to one end of a long stick, chopstick, or meter stick. Tie the other end of the string to a magnet. Cut several fish shapes out of construction paper and put a paper clip on each paper fish. Spread the fish all over the "water" (or bed sheet). Have your toddler toss their fishing pole out of their boat and try to catch a fish! (The magnet will stick to the paper clip). Count the fish as your toddler catches them and see if your toddler can tell you what color each fish is.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot creativity and imagination, teach your tot to count, teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot motor skill development, teach your tot language development, teach your tot pretend play

Toy Boat:
Materials: Toy boats
Description: Let your toddler have free play time with toy boats. You can fill up the bathtub or a small swimming pool for them to play with their boats.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot to play, teach your tot to discover and explore through play, teach your tot to discover boats, teach your tot to use their imagination

Watch Boats:
Description: Take your toddler to a nearby lake, river, ocean, pond etc. Watch the boats with your toddler. Count the boats that drive by. Talk about their colors and size. Take pictures of the boats and when you get home you can print them and make a boat collage. You and your toddler can talk about and label the different types of boats that you saw.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot sensory development, teach your tot language development, teach your tot to count, teach your tot color recognition, teach your tot compare and contrast

Milk Carton Boat:
Materials: milk carton (cardboard ½ gallon carton), soap box or other small box, pencil, string, paper, hole punch, glue
Description: Cut the milk carton in half lengthwise. Glue the small soap box in the middle of the milk carton. Have your toddler decorate their boat. Next poke the pencil in the middle of the soap box. Cut a square shape out of a piece of paper and punch a hole in the top and the bottom of the square. Slide the pencil through each hole to create a sail. You can then tie a piece of string around the top of the pencil and through hole punched into each side of the milk carton (See picture below for an example). Fill up a bathtub or small pool and let your toddler float their boats in the water. Talk with your toddler about how the boats float.
Skills Targeted: teach your tot creativity, teach your tot that boats float, teach your tot to follow directions, teach your tot motor skill development

Songs and Fingerplays:

Boats Boats Boats:
sung to the tune of Jingle Bells

Boats boats boats
Boats boats boats
All kinds of boats.
Some are big,
Some are small.
I like them all.

Boats, boats, boats
Boats, boats, boats
All kinds of boats.
Motor boats,
Sail boats,
Yachts, and canoes.

I see a Boat:
sung to the tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb

I saw a little boat
little boat, little boat
I saw a little boat
Floating on the water.

I saw a big boat,
big boat, big boat
I saw a big boat
floating on the water.

I saw a motor boat
motor boat, motor boat.
I saw a motor boat,
Zooming on the water.

I saw a sail boat,
a sail boat, a sail boat.
I saw a sail boat,
Sailing on the water.

Online Fun:

Coloring:
Visit http://www.coloring.ws/boats.htm for free printable coloring pages.

Boats
Videos:
We love Sesame Street at Teach Your Tot. Visit http://www.sesamestreet.org/ for videos about boats and more.

Lobster Fisherman
Ernie's Love Boat
Staten Island Ferry Ride
Video Postcard: Fishing

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