Making Boats that Float Out of Everyday Materials

By Sheila Ceccarelli

What Makes a Boat Float?

Cast off! Sc Ridgefield
Boats that Float – Workshop with year four pupils at Ridgefield Primary School


This was an afternoon session for year four pupils at Ridgefield Primary School, Cambridge, and part of AccessArt’s Brilliant Makers Club, a campaign supporting and championing making experiences in schools.

Getting started! Exploring the available materials - gathering ideas SC
Getting started! Exploring the materials and gathering ideas…

This session was aimed at children who love making, and was limited to eight pupils, to allow for a rich, and rewarding experience and plenty of time to play with, and explore materials.

We kicked off the session by asking the question — “what makes a boat float?” — and looked at the shapes of some toy boats. 

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