Water TransportWater Transport is an interesting topic linked with many science projects such as floating and sinking. Whilst learning about the science, it may also be interesting have a quick look at the history!

The video embedded below  ‘Sea Transport, Modes of Water Transport for Children introduces many different types of sea transport vessels. It starts by saying they can be powered by oars, wind, motor or paddles and gives a quick introduction to:

  • Ferry boats
  • Fishing boats
  • Speed boats
  • Cruise Ships
  • Yachts
  • Submarines



Science for Kids gives us a facts about boats page  starting with a brief history:

Believe it or not, the first known boat dates back around 8,000 years-ago. Although, boats have been around a long time, the Ancient Egyptians were the first to be credited for it. They made them from the papyrus plant. These boats were long and thin and were used for short trips or fishing along the Nile.” (Science for Kids) It mentions wooden boats and cargo ships made by the Egyptians and also asks: How without any nails?

There are sections about: buoyancy, the types of boats in use today and what not to do on a boat – this page is very entertaining and very informative.

Ships and Boats This is an illustrated timeline created by Kidcyber with pictures of some of the earliest boats – the timeline starts about 4000BC and comes right into the 21st Century showing a nuclear Powered aircraft carrier as well as a modern cruise ship. This page asks that you acknowledge the use of the site and images,  providing the relevant information at the bottom of the page. (Thomas, Ron. & Sydenham, Shirley. 2018. Ships and boats: a timeline. [online]  www.kidcyber.com.au) .

KidsKonnect offers ship facts and worksheets in a freely downloadable set for non-premium members.  That page also gives an interesting set of ship facts, not shared by the other links.