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 :)

Monday, August 26, 2013

MAKE-IT MONDAYS: Tube Tigers, GRRRRRR!!!

Mondays can make your feel like saying Grrrrrr. That's why we have this "Tube Tiger" project to tame the beast and enjoy the day.

Grab the kids, 1 toilet paper tube per child, crayons, scissors and you're ready to go. This is a fun, easy project that will have you smiling in no time. Build a Zoo, Write a tiger song or story or be Wild Beasts for the Day!

It all starts with connecting you kids and making the time to build together.

Get started with the plans here.