part one: three cheers
I have something wonderful to share with you today. Tinkerlab is 1! If you’ve been here before I’m sure you know exactly who I’m talking about but if you don’t, you can hop over to my facebook or twitter pages. I’ve dedicated this week to my favorite Tinkerlab projects, you’ll find what I consider the best of the best!
For her blogiversary she has invited 20 bloggers to join her celebration. And yes I am on that list. Am I too old to being doing cartwheels around the yard? I can’t tell you how honored I am, the list of bloggers includes impressive, inspiring and incredible women.
The challenge Tinkerlab handed us was to do something with a CARDBOARD BOX. The rules are simple. . .involve the kids, and get creative.
Have I grabbed a hold of your attention? Do you have any cardboard boxes lying around? You are definitely going to want one after this!
part two: sculpted shadows
what you need: cardboard boxes (different sizes) ~ chalk ~ sunlight
When I learned of the challenge I quickly went to the library and found the perfect book. After a few good reads I brought out the box.
My little collector quickly claimed it.
Luckily Grandma was able to supply us with more! The shadows from the boxes I was picturing, along with an idea posted by Tinkerlab inspired this activity!
When Little M was satisfied with her creation, I outlined the shadow with chalk. We moved the boxes and admired the markings. Little M rearranged the boxes and I traced the shadow again with a different color chalk.
Questions (to ask your kids): “Why do you think the shadow appears in this shape?” “What will happen if you tilt the box like this?”
Tips (to maximize learning): 1. Come back out and do the activity at a different time of day. Talk about where the shadows are and why. 2. Encourage your kids to find other objects to sculpt with! 3. Once the drawing is done, see if your little one is interested in putting the boxes back the way they were. Matching the shadows should be challenging. . . and fun!
part three: explore
Follow the links below and make sure to explore these INCREDIBLE sites while you’re there. If you find something really great (which I’m sure you will) come back and tell me about it.
This post is a part of the Creative Challenge Series.
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