We pulled this activity from Let's Try It Out With Towers and Bridges, a Hands-On Early-Learning Science Activity book by Seymore Simon, and Nicole Fauteux. I hope to post more about this terrific series, later in the week. But, as we were learning about the importance of a strong foundation, for buildings, using play dough, and straws, I couldn't help but think of the parable of the wise man, who built his house on the rock, and the foolish man, who built on the sand (Matthew 7:24-27).
First we set up a tower. In our case it was three toilet paper tubes, that had been taped together for a telescope, some time before.
Just the tiniest breeze could knock it over, like a tree with no roots.
Once it was planted into a lump of play dough, even a much stronger wind couldn't knock it down.
Then we tried building a tower with straws, and play dough, again with a strong foundation.
When the storm came, it stood solid.
But when we took the foundation away...
And, you can find a printable coloring page, to go along with the lesson, here.
It's great to be a homeschooler.