Today, we hosted a summer reading program called StemTales. Kids could read fairy tales and then we gave them a problem that a main character in the fairy tales might have come across and materials to make a solution.
For example, I found two projects for Little Red Riding Hood. The first was to make a basket which could carry Red’s materials using only the supplies we had available. The second project was to build a zip line which would carry the basket from one end of the room to the other, avoiding the big bad wolf.]
Beth thought that Jack climbing up and down the beanstalk in Jack and the Beanstalk required far too much effort, so she made a station where kids could build a parachute.
Haley designed a station around the book Twenty-One Elephants. Kids could build a bridge that was capable of holding 21 elephants. Her other station involved building pulleys so that kids could spare Rapunzel’s hair.
Sarah had kids build sand castles for Ariel. Her other station was based around The Three Little Pigs. Everyone had the chance to build houses from toothpicks and gumdrops that could withstand a fan.
Two other stations involved painting a favorite scene from a fairy tale or building a Lego creation based on a fairy tale.
This was so successful that I will try it with my group in the morning, but start by reading The Three Little Rigs by David Gordon. It is based on The Three Little Pigs.
On a totally unrelated note, here are some of my favorite pictures from the Chalk Walk that we held at Kendallville Library yesterday.