This was Isaac's latest experiment. We were trying to get his school work finished and every minute or so he would say, "I wonder what would happen if I tried to float my wagon down the river?", or "I think I could cut a piece of wood to plug the hole in the bottom, so it wouldn't sink." Finally, I decided to let him learn on his own for the rest of the day.
He was ecstatic. He ended up using a canning jar lid and a hot glue gun to plug the holes, and caulk around the door. He learned that hot glue is not waterproof, that floating a wagon is possible, and that said wagon sinks quickly, once a leak has sprung.
He then researched different glues and found that Gorilla glue is waterproof, and that bouancy causes a boat to float. He watched several videos to help him design his own boat in the future.
I'm so thankful he has the opportunity to learn in this manner. There's no better education than a hand's on one.
A couple weeks prior to this, he was getting antsy with his bookwork, (this tends to happen every two to three weeks) so I decided to let him research and build a door for our shed. First, he watched a couple of how-to videos, then composed a list of needed supplies, went to the lumber yard and purchased the supplies. He then proceeded to learn to measure twice, cut with a circular saw, use a drill, primer, paint and hang the door.
From the looks of it, maybe he should have built a whole new shed...next year's project!