Weekly Themes #51 Floating Boats for 3-5 year olds | Los Barcos Flotantes para niños de 3-5 años

It was by boats that people first traveled across the oceans between the continents. Some of the best boats are the ones that float on lakes or even in bathtubs!  Let’s learn more about boats this week.

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Here are some books to read together! You can download and save them and keep them forever, to read again and again.

The boat ride

  • What are some animals that Vikki and Kato saw while they were on the boat?
  • How did Kato fall in the water?
  • What would you do if you were in Vikki’s position?

Bo’s Treasure 

  • What is Bo looking for? Where is he looking?
  • What new toy did Teo get from his dad?
  • Where could you find treasure in your home or neighborhood?

Xay goes Fishing 

  • Why can’t Xay’s friends go fishing with him?
  • Which one of Xay’s friends can fit on the boat with him?
  • How did the story end? 

Creating a Boat Ride

  • How would you create a boat?
  • What would your boat carry?

El Barco de Papel

  • Where did Sanju let go of his paper boat?
  • Who picked up the boat?
  • Have you made a paper boat?

Viaje En Bote

  • What are some animals that Vikki and Kato saw while they were on the boat?
  • How did Kato fall in the water?
  • What would you do if you were in Vikki’s position?

El Paseo En El Rio

  • How would you create a boat?
  • What would your boat carry?

Things to do Together

Here are some great activities to try with the whole family.

  1. Clean a styrofoam tray, push a straw into the middle of it and create a paper sail (cut a diamond, then fold it in half and glue it together with the straw in between). How well does your boat sail? What can you do to help it move faster (blow on the sail)?
  2. Why do boats float? Do some experimenting – collect a few objects and test them to see whether they will float or sink. Encourage your child to predict before you test each item. What do the things that float have in common?

Share Together

At the end of the week, reflect on what you read and what you did.

  • I learned that …….. will float.
  • I learned that …… will sink.
  • Was there something that you expected would float and were surprised to find it sank?

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Weekly Themes #51 Floating Boats for 3-5 year olds | Los Barcos Flotantes para niños de 3-5 años
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Weekly Themes #51 Floating Boats for 3-5 year olds | Los Barcos Flotantes para niños de 3-5 años

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