In this activity, learners construct a coastal landmass from sand and add features such as tidal creeks and barrier islands. Learners then add varying amounts of water to observe the effects of storm surge on coastal land masses.
Under 5 minutes
45 to 60 minutes
Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per group of students
Ages 8 - adult
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan, Simulation
(per group of students)
Long plastic container such as an under the bed storage container or stream table
Milk jug or pitcher
Access to a water faucet or a hose
A variety of materials such as Lego blocks, Monopoly houses or other items with which to build houses (such as shells, sticks, rocks, leaves, grass, straws, cardboard, etc.)
Sponges (to be cut up and placed to represent the marsh)
Tiny toy animals, people, cars, etc.
Plastic straws (to place the houses on stilts‐optional)