On Wednesday afternoon, Reception were very surprised to find a letter from ‘The Gingerbread Man’ on their return to class after lunch! He was asking if the children could help to make him some waterproof clothes, just in case he had to cross a river, just like in the story they had read.
We firstly discussed what the children understood by the term ‘waterproof’ and gained an excellent answer that, ‘It stops water getting through’.
We then did a virtual experiment, testing different objects/materials to see if they were waterproof, using BBC Bitesize. These included a pan, a wooden chopping board, a scarf and a plastic bag. The children made predictions and loved finding out whether they were right or wrong!
Again, some excellent answers were given with the children saying that the sugar cube would dissolve in water and the newspaper would go soggy and then fall apart.
The children then decided that in order to make some clothes for ‘The Gingerbread Man’ they first needed to test them so we wrapped the Gingerbread Man and other toys in the different materials and then put them into our water tray to see if they got wet.
We found out that the plastic bag and the tin foil were waterproof, but the tissue paper, paper envelope and fabric bag left our toys very soggy!
We loved testing our predictions and are looking forward to making waterproof clothes for ‘The Gingerbread Man’.