We had a lot of fun doing a simple wind powered boat ‘Eggsperiment’ this week. I have lots of plastic eggs which we use for all sorts of activities. This was our first time making one into a boat. Since our kids love ‘things that go’ and balloons, they were excited to try this out.
Wind Powered Eggsperiment
You will need:
- Plastic Egg
- Tape (scotch, duct or masking)
- Tub of water (or baby pool)
Blow up the balloon. Tape one side of the balloon onto the wider part of the bottom of the egg as shown above (leaving room for the air to escape.) Have your preschooler hold onto the balloon so that the air cannot escape. Place the balloon with the egg boat pointed in the direction of the other end of the tub. Have your preschooler release the balloon and watch what happens. Discuss how the release of air from the balloon created wind power which caused the egg to move in the water. Expand the discussion by talking about how various ‘things that go’ are powered.
Here is a video of Capri trying the experiment:
Yes, it is that easy! Just make sure your child his holding the balloon in the middle of the tub rather than off to one side. We learned from experience that if it is off to the side, it will get stuck on the side of the tub when it starts moving.
Check out the rest of the ‘Things That Go’ Themed posts from the rest of the team: