Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Fairytale Engineering “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”– Build a Better Chair

This, like the other programs in our summer reading series for “Build a Better World,” emphasized open-ended problem-solving.  Kids of all ages were given a variety of materials and an engineering goal and then worked to find a creative solution – the variety and ingenuity of their solutions was really exciting!

As kids arrived, I had books about Goldilocks and stories starring chairs to browse. Asked kids to recall what they remembered from previous sessions.

10 a.m. Pre-School Fairy Tale Engineering (Ages 3-6):



Storytelling: Goldilocks (flannel)



"Where is Brown Bear" (glove puppets) – words here:


Book: That's (Not) Mine by Anna Kang – Big Bear and Tiny Bear tussle over possession of a single chair in this simple but delightful story.


Action: Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Turn Around (puppet)


Book: A Chair for Baby Bear by Kaye Umansky  -- The bear family goes to town to buy a replacement chair for Baby Bear but none of the (very creative) chairs are “just right” until, upon their return home, Baby Bear finds a package from an apologetic Goldilocks.


11:30 a.m. Kids Fairy Tale Engineering Challenge (k-4):

Book: Goldilocks and the Three Bears, a Tale Moderne by Steven Guarnaccia -- Illustrations featuring elements of the modernism movement in art provide a new look to this traditional tale of the uninvited visit of a young girl to the home of a family of bears.

Book: Somebody and the Three Bears  by Marilyn Tolhurst – In a reversal of the Goldilocks story, a bear explores the home of the three Blairs while they are out, leaving quite a mess in its wake!

Book: I am Not a Chair by Ross Burach --  Shy Giraffe can’t seem to convince the other animals that he is not supposed to be sat upon. Alert listeners will notice a new animal has that problem on the last page!

Book: Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems -- After three hungry dinosaurs lay a trap hoping to catch something to eat, Goldilocks strides in and devours their chocolate pudding – Mo Willems – need I say more!

Shared beginning (through chair drawing segment) of the PBS program Behind the Scenes with Penn & Teller, David Hockney episode -- to get them to think beyond the conventional way of looking at things and introduce this marvelous series on art. Here’s a bit of it:


Both Groups -- Engineering Challenge: Make a chair for baby bear -- either a real chair out of the materials provided  or a “prototype” (used and defined this word with the older group) or a drawing.
Optional test: see if your chair can survive "Goldilocks" (puppet atop an unopened 1 quart container of liquid tempera) – I was delighted at the variety and ingenuity shown. 



Materials: Duplo, Lego, Straws & Connectors, K'nex, MakeDo tools, Corrugated and B&T thin cardboard, straws, pipe cleaners, masking & scotch tape, staplers, hole punches, scissors, colored pencils.


BWL 8.2017

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