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The first part of this challenge is to think about absorbency and what will work and then test some items.
“But, if cups were absorbent then you could not drink out of them. All your liquid would be absorbed!”
Gathering Materials (and Staying on Budget)
Creating the Barrier
As soon as the materials were gathered the kids started creating that barrier. We built inside of dishpans. They just placed their items inside and determined ways to surround and close off the paper house.
(The paper house came from the party section at a dollar store. It’s actually a little goodie box and I just cut off the handles.)
Some groups built on the tables first and then transferred the structures to the pans.
Testing (This Is Where You Need More Towels)
Finally, it is time to test the barriers!
We did this by pouring two cups of water into the pans and watching closely for leakage through the barriers.
In the photos below you can see the water being poured into the pan and then the group lifted up the dog house to reveal their little dry dog!
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