Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Tin Foil River and DIY Boats

This morning the girls and I went to an awesome, little program for kids where we learned about the waterways in our town and L got to make her own toy boat. When we came home I decided to make our own "waterway" in the backyard with some tin foil. Too easy and so much fun!!! All you need is some aluminum foil, water, and some toy boats to float along! I mean, seriously...who wouldn't like a TIN FOIL RIVER in their yard? 




Boat ideas and links:
-ping-pong balls
-any small items that float, bath toys, etc.


First, decide which direction you'd like your TIN FOIL RIVER to flow. If your yard or driveway is on a slope, it's pretty easy to figure out how to get the water to flow...start at the top and end at the bottom. If you yard is flat, you can prop some of the river up or make it in a donut shape. We decided to make ours interesting, starting the river on the slide, having it flow under a chair, and bend and twist across the yard. 



Making the waterway is pretty simple...you can be a perfectionist about it and try to make all the sides even or just wham-bam make it, play with it. We tore large strips of aluminum foil and double-layered the foil to prevent any leaks. Fold the sides up. At any joints (places where you're attaching two sections of foil) you can add another layer of foil underneath. Same with the end of your river...we tried making our sides a little higher and extra-sturdy at the end. 




If you need to, you can weigh your foil down with some smooth rocks. Makes fun little obstacles too! If a side of your river starts to sag, it's pretty easy to prop it up with a brick or flower pot...whatever you have handy. The TIN FOIL RIVER allows for some terrific problem solving and experimenting with your little ones! I can't wait to see what L comes up with next for our backyard waterway!






Enjoy! 


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