Mar 21, 2016
WonderWorks: Chains and Links
Today's Topic: Links and Chains
strips of paper
Small smaller smallest / Fletcher, Corina
to talk about the relative lengths of the chains we made. Not the greatest tie-in, but I had problems finding a picture book about chains for 3 & 4 year olds....
The inspiration for this class (or "what I thought kids might do"): make a super long paper chain
What the kids actually did: the paper clips made the easiest chains:
"i made a bunny!"
what can you DO with a long chain of paperclips? Lead your mom around the room....
Hindsight Tip: wow. This project was much more challenging for the kids than I'd anticipated. There are so many tiny skills hidden inside each of these chain-making methods -- twisting, looping, connecting.... so many fine motor skills! I think if I were to do it again, I would ONLY put out paper clips and then if that was a big hit, maybe try twist-ties for a follow-up class (you know there's a lot of overlap between the engineering and technology in this class. And if we include a book about long vs. short, you could even call it a math class! Maybe round out the series with a conversation about the food chain??). The paper chains definitely needed the most assistance for this age group.
Crazy Gears app has some nice tie-ins.