Have you ever heard of 'pop pop' or 'putt putt' steam boats?
We hadn't either, but somehow we stumbled onto this youtube site that showed us these fun toys:
As soon as we saw it we were hooked... not only were they fun (there is just something about them that makes you want to create one isn't there), but they are an awesome science lesson as well ! After careful collection of supplies ( ie. Dave raiding the rubbish at work for cans ~ yes, we cleaned them well) and watching of the instruction podcasts by sciencetoymaker on youtube (we have only watched the putt putt boat ones so I hope the content of others is suitable ~ he has some fun looking things to make that we intend to try at a later date) , Dave & the children embarked on their inaugural building of a putt putt steam engine & then finally a boat!
After a couple of construction sessions, they were ready to test it out! We all headed down to little cow dam to ensure a proper launching!
|Note the myriad of other boats especially made to accompany her on her maiden voyage!|
After a few tries with the wind blowing out the candle, off she went....not very far because the light wind was just strong enough to prevent much progress for the little steam~engined boat!
So off to the big dam we did go ~ with the thought that it may be more protected. We soon found out it wasn't, but as is typical of our family.... what began as a trip to the dam very quickly became an attempt at sending Daddy swimming......
...which ended in the children being dunked instead!
As the sun began it's descent behind Churchill forest & night rose across the other side of the valley we headed home wet, cool, happy.....
...and sent the little boat asailing in our little blue bathtub....
"This is the place for a red painted 'putt putt' boat and this is the life for me"
(er..sorry... Scuffy the tugboat was one of my favourite childhood books...just add my Mum who still knows if off by heart)!!
Further dam trials will occur as conditions become favourable with plans for a fleet of boats well on their way!
I wanted to add this here as I know there are lots of mothers out there with teenage sons who will love making one of these or younger sons with Dads who will love making these together!