What You Need:
- 1/2 of an empty walnut shell (I didn't have any on hand, so we collected some hickory nutshells from our backyard.)
- a ball of Crayola Model Magic Clay(or a similar material) - 1/2" in diameter
- 1 toothpick
- a 1"x 2" rectangle of wax paper (I was out, so we decided to make little red flags instead.)
- small, clear plastic cup or other container
- blue food coloring (optional)
- Press the clay into the nutshell.
- Insert the toothpick through the wax paper twice. (Think sewing stitch.) This is your sail.
- Insert toothpick sail into the clay.
- Fill the container halfway with water. (You can put in a couple drops of blue food coloring to make it more "ocean-like" if you want.)
- Now try sailing your miniature ship in the container. If it floats, it's the Mayflower. If it sinks, then it's the Speedwell.
- Click here to learn more about the Speedwell. (Until this week I had never known that there was a second ship that started the journey across the Atlantic with the Mayflower.)
- You can also expand this project/experiment by testing different types of nutshells and/or clay-like materials to see what floats and what sinks.
Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!