Learning How to Make a Dam

We have been learning how to make a dam in our back yard!

Learning How to Make a Dam - a great trial and error exercise for kids!

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We moved to a new house a few months ago and we are really enjoying all the possibilities for new activities. My son turned four last month and he absolutely loves playing with the water hose and sprinkler. He’s actually quite careful with it too! Plus all that squeezing of the sprinkler trigger is great for building up his hand muscles.

He recently discovered that if he ran the water in a certain place then a stream formed at the edge of the soil. He loved following it down the hill to see where it would go! You can see in this photo that the water is running all down the right hand edge.Learning How to Make a Dam

When my mother was last visiting she suggested that we try making a dam – which was a fantastic idea! We collected some sticks and attempted our first dam.Learning How to Make a Dam - a great trial and error exercise for kids!

Sadly, it wasn’t enough to hold the water. So we then collected some stones.Learning How to Make a Dam - a great trial and error exercise for kids!

That still wasn’t enough!Learning How to Make a Dam

So we collected leaves, more sticks, and more rocks!

After adding even more items the dam nearly held the water completely, and the stream of water started to overflow its banks. This of course fascinated my son even more and led to him and my mother digging a trench for the overflowing water, trying to see if they could get the water to a tree!

Learning How to Make a Dam - a great trial and error exercise for kids!

I just loved how this activity developed and the three-generational group effort!

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