The children frequently admire the various boats on False Creek as they walk through Charleson Park. This may have contributed to their desire to make boats when presented with a tank full of water and some materials to experiment with.
The idea spread, and three boats were complete within an hour with more children requesting to make them too!
After the boats were made, a circle was gathered where the artists got to share their ideas with the whole group and answer questions. We were impressed by the children’s advanced boat vocabulary (engines, sails, port-holes, etc.) along with imaginative descriptions of parts and how they would be used (slides, holes, flags).
One child took emergency safety into consideration: “When a person can’t come out through the hole they go on the slide”. (The slide is represented with yellow mesh in the last photo above).