Tuesday, August 27, 2013

TEACHER TIP TUESDAY: Make it Roll, Fly or Float

One of the most engaging ways to connect with kids in the classroom is to get them making things. And the best way to keep them making things is to choose projects that are active--make it fly, make it float or make it roll and you've got a winner. We've created milk carton race cars, plastic bag parachutes and carton boats with classrooms and they always enjoy it. But the minute you show them (not just tell them) that the boat floats in water, the car rolls or the parachute flies, it takes things to a whole different level of excitement and connection. That's building a sense of wonder. And empowers the child because they've created something themself that functions. And that last step is to realize what they've made it from-materials they have at home that are being upcycled. Use what you have. Dream bigger :)

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