Did you know there is such as thing as Submarine Day? No? Neither did we! The first ever recorded submersible was built by Cornelius Drebbel in 1620 for James I of England – the things you learn as a blogger. Today we are taking part in the Quirky Blog Hop hosted by Witty Hoots to celebrate Submarine Day which takes place on March 17th.
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Our Plastic Egg Submarines are extremely basic but they gave Adam his first introduction into the concepts of floating and sinking.
Resources needed to Plastic Egg Submarines:
* Blue Tac
* Small stones (not pictured)
How to make a Plastic Egg Submarine:
1. Take a plastic egg and fill any holes with blue tac.
2. Add money and small stones to the plastic egg.
3. Take a straw and cut off the end so you are left with the bendy part. Place the straw in the plastic egg with the majority of it sticking outside the egg and close the egg up.
4. Place a small amount of blue tac around the base of the straw.
5. Use electrical tape and permanent marker pens to decorate your submarine.
With our pink submarine I tried to create small propellers. I pushed pipe cleaners through the holes in the plastic egg.
Our submarines needed a home so we create a miniature ocean. I used a cocktail bowl and added green coloured rice, which was recycled from our Earth Day Tuff Spot, along with a few green, blue and white glass beads. As I poured in water to fill our cocktail bowl I added a small amount of food colouring. With hindsight this was not needed. A combination of the coloured rice and coloured water meant we were left with a murky greeny blue water.
Adam and I had a wonderful time exploring the submarines. We explored what happened when we placed a normal plastic egg into our miniature ocean to see how it floated.
We then added our submarine and watched it sink to the bottom. With an older child this craft could lead to an interesting discussion about how a submarine operates and how it is able to float and sink.
We are looking forward to bath time so that Adam can play with his plastic egg submarines in the bath!
Join us as we celebrate International Submarine Day – 17th March with a whole host of some wonderful submarine activities, crafts and play ideas from around the globe!
A great Submarine Pretend Play Periscope idea from Peakle Pie
Try making a Yellow Submarine Collage inspired by Witty Hoots
Homemade Under the Sea Battleships is another great idea from Kiddy Charts. Use stones and a chess board to make your own battleship under the sea themed game!
Brain Power Boy makes some Perler Beads Submarines that look great and are a super craft too!
Play and Learn Everyday make and explore a Submarine in a Bottle!
Little Bins for Little Hands explore some wonderful Submarine Science!
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