Young children love hands-on activities!
I am re-using our Footprints on our Land curriculum with my 9-year old.
This is a fabulous,
Every here and there in our stories, we delve off to investigate interesting topics.
Today we learnt,
along with the hero of our story,
a young stowaway,
how to do sailor knots.
With the help of my hubby who was once in the navy, oupa, a seasoned and experienced fisherman, and some printouts from the internet, we sat learning and tying knots.
We used a nylon rope to practice first because the knots were big and clear. Then we practiced the knots with stiff sisal rope. And finally, made samples for our notebook page using wool.
We discussed how the knots could be best used in our everyday lives.
It was fun and practical!
References and related links:
- “Knots and Ropework”, Microsoft (R) Encarta (R) 97b Encyclopedia (c) 1993-1996
- 7 Websites That Help You Learn How To Tie The Perfect Knot (makeuseof.com)
- App of the Day: Knot Guide (ziggytek.com)
Have you taught your children any fun/ practical hands-on skills? Feel free to share with us in the comments.