January 26

Snow Structures

Kindergarten scientists study the Arctic and Antarctica. In this lab, we traveled to the Arctic and looked at igloos built by the Inuits, native people of the Arctic. Inuits live in homes similar to ours today, but igloos are still used for hunting or fishing trips.

I tasked my engineers to construct new buildings of “ice and snow” with Styrofoam. I witnessed problem solving, creativity, and collaboration as they built. They worked on balancing their structures and incorporating three dimensional shapes. Styrofoam allows little hands to build without the use of tape or glue. What a fun way to develop fine motor skills and eye/hand coordination too. We learned that Styrofoam is not good for the environment because it doesn’t decompose, so this is one way to reuse it. We used Arctic animals, but there were no penguins because penguins do not live in the Arctic.

January 26

More Cardboard Construction

I demonstrated a variety of ways to attach cardboard (with miminal glue and tape) in this makerspace engineering lab. I tasked my engineers to try a few of these techniques. These are incomplete projects.

I used an awesome new kit called makedo. The kit includes screwdrivers, screws, saws, and a variety of other items to build with cardboard. Click here for more information about makedo. This would be a GREAT gift for engineering at home!

Fourth grade engineers also used Klever Kutters. Children can safely cut cardboard with these ingenious tools!

Reuse all those Amazon boxes. Click here for inspiration!

This engineer went home and practiced some of the ways we learned to connect cardboard! Love!