My youngest kiddo turned 8 on July 14th (Bastille Day in France-similar to our 4th of July) and we celebrated with a Bastille themed party.
We had painting at the Louvre (A- art):
Engineering challenges related to da Vinci (I know he was Italian but he lived in France in the 1500's) or the Eiffel tower (E- engineering and math too):
French games (art and math):
Escargot- similar to hopscotch but with a twist that requires planning of squares and strategy. Sidewalk art with chalk- attempted 3D work.
My daughters had a great time. I thought that some of this would translate nicely in the classroom. I am going to be adding in a variety of STEM activities in the class this year. I thought the engineering activities we did with the K'nex would work perfectly for a variety of challenges. It allows a ton of questions that help the child creating think about their engineered product. I spoke with one kiddo about his creation and he said he made a helicopter car. I said "Great, what would it be used for or how could it help someone?" He said, "If you are driving and get to a road that ends at the water, you could fly over it." His mom added a funny remark about flying over traffic too! Clever kiddos. I talked with him and the person he created with about the size of the helicopter blades. They were very short. I asked if the blades would be long enough to carry the weight of the car. They stopped to think.
I enjoy doing activities that allow kids time to think, create, change, think again, fix, and then showcase what they have created. Children have such a wonderful capacity for creating. I love watching what they can do!
At each station I had a write up about the challenges that I hoped they would try. I have a freebie of those challenges. Feel free to use them as is or edit them to your own style.
Click here for the freebie.
None of the fonts/graphics were purchased- just found online or already available on the computer. So, I don't have anyone to credit.
Here is the final challenge week! I will change the final date to the 29th as I am 2 days late posting the challenge.
Nope!!! I decided to show you something else. Here is my massive backyard makeover.