Monday, November 26, 2012

Titanic activity for preschoolers

The Titanic exhibit is currently in town.  I thought it would be something fun for older Toad and I to do together.  I got What Sank the World's Biggest Ship as an introduction to the subject so we could learn a bit together before we went.





Younger Toad enjoyed it a lot too, and learned enough that walking through the library he found this DK book in the aisle, recognized it was the Titanic, and insisted we check it out.




Once we got home, even before we read the book, we had a long talk about the boilers on the ship and how they ran the motors and propellers and steam came out the smokestacks.  By now I was feeling guilty that I hadn't planned on taking him, so we went as a family on the day after Thanksgiving.  He did not behave all that great but it did seem to make an impression on him.  He's still talking about the iceberg in the exhibit.  I was glad for all the reading we did beforehand because there was not a lot of interpretation of the objects.  The kids were able to insert the objects into their memories of what we'd read and I think it would have been rooms of meaningless stuff if we hadn't done our homework.

There was a large picture of the boiler room in the exhibit. After our previous conversation about the boilers and pipes I thought younger Toad might enjoy a project designed around them.

I drew an extremely simplified version of the center of the ship on 12" X 24" paper.  I provided glue, aluminum foil 'boilers', pipe cleaner 'pipes" and cotton ball 'exhaust' to get glued down.


He enjoyed the project and we had to reread all our Titanic books several times after finishing.  He had a hard time with getting the pipe cleaners flat but enjoyed connecting the boilers to the smokestacks.

 

It would have been downright mean of me to break out the pipe cleaners and not let the older Toad play too so this is his interpretation of the project.


Below are some resources for elementary students that older Toad also did a few selected things from.

Here is the website for RMS Titanic who has salvaged the wreck and organizes the current Titanic exhibits.  If you click through to the learning center you can download a free educators guide (for K-12 students).

Older Toad also put together the Rick Geary postcard of the Titanic for a small paper model.

Magic Treehouse activities has a companion to Tonight on the Titanic.





We're finishing up our Titanic readings with T is for Titanic.  Teacher's guide to T is for Titanic.




They give each exhibit attendee a ticket with a brief biography of a real Titanic passenger.  At the end of the exhibit are the names of all the passengers organized by class and crew divided up into who survived and who died.  As a family (Grandma and Grandpa went too) three of us survived the tragedy and three of us did not.  Even though three of us "died" on our journey we all learned a lot and enjoyed the exhibit.


If you want to do this too here's the blank.  It's more fun enlarged if you want to redraw it.  This activity would also be fun for preparing for a cruise or a unit study about ships.

Blank Titanic

15 comments:

Momand Kiddo said...

These are a lot of good ideas. Thanks for sharing.

Stef Layton said...

this is FANTASTIC! thanks for linking up today to Tactile Tuesday!

toady mama said...

Thanks ladies!

maggy, red ted art said...

Ooh what a fabulous activity!

Thanks for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!

Maggy

Jen Altman said...

My 6yo is obsessed with titanic right now! Thanks for linking up at FTF @ CGA!!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

What a wonderful idea! I love how you brought this story alive. I will be sharing this post on the Read.Explore.Learn. Facebook page today.

Christy said...

Great learning activity. Thanks for sharing at tip-toe thru Tuesday.

Brimful Curiosities said...

The boilers would be my husband's favorite part to learn about to...maybe you have a couple of future mechanical engineers in your family. :)

Susan said...

This is great...thanks for sharing at Favorite Resources!

Charlene@APinchofJoy said...

Great that you can take advantage of community events and make them a learning experience about what makes things go! Thanks so much for linking on Busy Monday!

We-Made-That.com said...

I love crafts that incorporate learning. What a great project for the kids! Thanks for sharing on We Made That!

toady mama said...

Thanks for passing the idea along!

Amy @ Hope Is the Word said...

Thanks for sharing this at RAT. I haven't officially studied the Titanic with my girls, but these look like excellent resources for future studies!

Carrie said...

What a great way to give them more a sense of the story. Thank you for sharing at Happy Family Times!

Erin said...

Thanks for the resources! I featured you on mom's library today! http://chickenbabies.blogspot.com/2012/12/moms-library-link-up-4-and-christmas.html

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