This event has been coordinated by our friends from ACDB. Five teams with children from five different schools were there. After a short exercise session they started the competition. Ana and her friend held a gallery and enjoyed themselves with the participants.
This PET raft race provided the children with several opportunities for learning and personal development:
Making a raft out of PETs (plastic bottles) can be an effective way to convey environmental protection and highlight the importance of recycling and waste reduction. This activity can be a great opportunity to teach children about the impact of plastic on the environment and how they can help protect it.
By turning plastic bottles into a cork, children learn that materials can be reused for creative and practical purposes, instead of being thrown away and contributing to environmental pollution. This activity can help raise children’s awareness of the amount of plastic waste generated and its impact on the environment. By turning PETs into a useful and fun object, children learn that every individual action to reduce plastic waste matters and can make a difference.
Making a raft from PETs can be an opportunity to discuss the impact of pollution on the environment and everyone’s responsibility to protect it. Children can understand that their actions have consequences and that they can contribute to a cleaner and healthier environment by making responsible choices.
Children can be encouraged to come up with ingenious ideas and solutions to turn plastic bottles into a functional cork. It can promote critical thinking and problem-solving skills, as well as an appreciation of resources and the possibilities offered by recycling and reuse. It is important to emphasize that making a cork from PETs is just one example of an activity and that there are many other ways we can convey environmental protection to children. It is beneficial to encourage their active involvement in such activities and give them a clear perspective on the importance of protecting the environment for future generations.
Because the outcome of the raft race is unpredictable, it can bring a sense of excitement and adventure. Participating in such unpredictable activities can be fun and provide opportunities for learning and personal development, such as quick decision making, teamwork and risk management.
In a raft race, there are many external factors that can influence the outcome and can be difficult to predict. These factors include current speed and direction, wind, waves and other weather conditions. These elements can vary and change throughout the course of the race, making it difficult to predict the final outcome.
The performance and outcome of the race may depend on the skills and strategies of the crew. Each crew may have different levels of experience and skill in navigating and controlling the raft. Also, the strategies adopted regarding navigation and obstacle avoidance may vary between crews. These aspects can contribute to the variability of the results and the unpredictability of the race.
During the raft race, various unforeseen obstacles and challenges may arise. These may include rocks or tree trunks in the water, strong currents, bends or artificial obstacles placed in the course. How the crew reacts and adapts to these obstacles can influence the final outcome and introduce an element of unpredictability into the race.
In a multi-raft race, the interaction with the other teams can bring an element of unpredictability. Crews can try to outdo each other, compete for advantageous positions, or try strategic maneuvers to secure a competitive advantage. This interaction can introduce unforeseen elements and influence the final result.
It is beneficial for a child to be involved in activities that involve unpredictable elements for several reasons:
It is important that unpredictable activities are developmentally appropriate for the child and take place in a safe and supervised environment. It is also recommended that these activities be balanced with elements of predictability and routine, to give the child a sense of security and stability.
Studies show that involving children in nature activities can help reduce screen time. When children spend time in nature, they are engaged in active and interactive activities that give them opportunities to explore, move and play in their environment.
There are several reasons why engaging in outdoor activities can lead to decreased screen time:
It is important to emphasize that it is not necessary to completely eliminate the use of monitors, but rather to encourage a healthy balance between outdoor activities and the use of electronic devices. It is advisable to set limits on screen time and provide attractive and interesting outdoor alternatives to get children involved in nature activities.