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The stormy seas

Summary

This activity will see children using their Brilliant Boats for creative play and exploration, immersing children into their local environment.  See the instructional video to create a brilliant boat!


Rationale

Boats are an important part of Torres Strait Island history and contemporary lifestyle. Boats are used for fishing, pearling and travel between islands. They are also a symbol for travel and adventure. Creative play with waterproofed boats provides an opportunity for naturally curious children to explore and investigate the world.

Key concepts

Exploring the outdoors/ environment, topography, weather and natural forces (applied physics)

Key language

Wind, current, rapids, buoyancy and obstacles


Materials

Paper boat
Camera (optional)

Activity steps

 
Option 1: Sailing of boats – outdoor trip

Using a local beach, creek or pond, take your brilliant boat on a sea voyage. Encourage children to take note of currents, obstacles and wind while the boat is in the water. Explain the importance of noting natural environmental elements, and how fishermen, boat captains and Torres Strait Islanders depend strongly on these elements for sea voyages. For example:

- Traditionally, and even today, Torres Strait Islanders rely on stars for navigation.
- Tides, weather patterns and wind are important factors for sea navigation.
- Torres Strait waters have very strong and dangerous sea currents.

Here are some other things you could do with your Brilliant Boat:

- Float, float, and float your boat, gently down the stream: How long can you still see it going downstream?

- Plan the outing in advance, bring a still/video camera and film the expedition.

- Depending on the environment, try loading cargo in the boats: See how much they can carry before sinking?

- If there are a couple of boats why not have a boat race?


Option 2: Sailing your Brilliant Boat at home

If you are unable to get outdoors or children are younger in age, then you could fill up a bath tub, bucket or baby bath with water instead. Create ripples, waves and wind effects to show children examples of natural environmental elements, and how fishermen, boat captains and Torres Strait Islanders depend strongly on these elements for sea voyage. For example:

- Traditionally, and even today, Torres Strait Islanders rely on stars for navigation.
- Tides, weather patterns and wind are important factors for sea navigation.
- Torres Strait waters have very strong and dangerous sea currents.

 

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Last updated: 25th October 2011

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