Cardboard Tubes + Foil = Marble Run!
Recently we have been working with cardboard tubes and various materials to hang cardboard tubes in an attempt to make our own marble runs. Instead of a marble, we have been using foil carefully rolled up and pressed into little tiny balls. When I was a child, and still today I guess, I would use aluminum foil left over from sandwiches and anything else to roll into "perfect" spheres. I did this recently in the classroom and it caught the attention of our class. I asked them what they thought they could do with it and the next thing you know, we are in the TinkerLab taping tubes to the wall and trying to find a way to hang them on the pegboard. These pics are a small sample of our starting point. Check out the pegboard wall next time you're in the school to see our most current iteration of a "foil ball run".
The (hyperlapse style) video below captures the JK friends visiting the SK Café and being served by SK children. SK decided it was best to divide the JK friends into two groups for two reasons; they only had enough seats at the table for five and it would "get a little crazy" if the whole class came in at once. See for yourself how it all went. Every time I watch this thing I see something different!
In the TinkerLab, the SK class has been working with a building set called Roominate. Though the website will tell you this is an engineering-type toy for girls, the girls in our class have been more than inviting for the boys to build with them. The set encourages kids to build a doll house for Bettina and her pet bunny, Hoppy. The kit includes a variety of pieces that can be put together as furniture and other items from kids' imaginations. It also includes a couple battery packs, with wiring, to connect lights and small motors. In the house (pictured above), you'll see a two-level house for Bettina and Hoppy. Notice the different living spaces, slide (instead of stairs) to go between floors, and strand of lights and sun on top. This was a total team effort to design, build, and decorate.
Taking front and center in the imaginative play is the Café. A true classroom creation, the Café has been an idea, turned into reality through days of play, creativity, prep (as the chefs call it) and a little silliness. What started as a place to get food for MBC Hospital, has now evolved into a standalone entity. The children first started taking turns as chefs serving customers using a food cart and then ran with the idea to build an entire café. The café has been ongoing for two weeks and the next blog post will have more info about the process that led up to serving our JK friends a few meals.
This site was created by Colin Reynolds as the SK Lead Teacher for the 2014-2015 school year. Stephanie Holdridge was the apprentice teacher for the academic year.. You can contact me via e-mail or follow me on Twitter.