Did you know that sharks have been around 400 million years? Whoa!
This fun STEAM activity for preschoolers combines sharks with hands-on play and exploring.
STEAM represents the combination of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.
STEAM challenges help young learners investigate, ask questions and become problem solvers!
STEAM Challenge: How many marbles can you save from sharks?
Objective: Build a boat out of aluminum foil and see how many marbles your boat can hold.
- Book, Shark in the Dark written by Peter Bently
- Plastic Sharks
- Plastic Container filled with water
- Aluminum Foil
Read the book, “Shark in the Dark.” Discuss what you know about sharks.
Introduce the challenge, how many marbles can you rescue from the shark?
Design a boat using aluminum foil. Test your design to see if it floats.
Add marbles one at a time until it sinks.
Count how many marbles your boat held before it sank.
Allow time for students to explore and play.
- How can you change the shape of your boat to hold more marbles?
- Which boat design held the most marbles?
- Why do you think it held the most marbles?
Younger Child Modification:
Let the children help save the marbles from the sharks by scooping marbles into different size cups or bowls.
If marbles are a concern, eliminate the marbles and offer an opportunity to explore and play with the sharks and water.
Science: Investigate what objects float and what objects sink.
Technology: Research online to learn more about your favorite type of shark.
Engineering: Design a boat to hold the most marbles.
Art: Create a work of art that includes a picture of your boat design.
Math: Count how many marbles your boat held before sinking.