Grade 4 makers had a special makerspace challenge on Friday. Using only their wits and the scissors, tape, glue and paper found in each bin, they needed to create a ‘wolf proof’ house. The house needed to stand at least 1 meter tall and 20 centimeters wide.
Hilarity ensued as teams attempted to plan design and then test their structures against the big bad wolf and his 3 breath settings:
- ‘Huff and puff’
- What the Heck just happened to my library???
One of the things that I really loved about this makerspace activity (besides my wolf fan) was that the activity was a great way to teach revision and resiliency!
Too many of our kids simply quit or shut down when a task is unsuccessful on the first attempt. But with this task, the expectation is that your first attempt is probably going to get knocked over – and that’s half the fun!
This activity was inspired by:
- The fact that I have a giant fan sitting in my library. Up until last Friday I had no idea what to do with it, other than turn it into one of these in order to save money on holiday airfares…
2. I’d seen many other clever makers pull of similar activities using a hair dryer!
This then got me to thinking: “What other stories might make for some good Makerspace-literacy connections?”
Here’s a few ideas that spring to mind:
What books do you think would make for great makerspace activities?