In December, we took part in a STEAM afternoon celebrating all things Christmas!
The children were split into 4 groups- each with their own challenge! This is how they worked together to help the elves find a solution to the Chaos at the North Pole:
Children designed and made modes of transport to help the polar bear friend stuck on an iceberg!
Instructions were given for children to follow in order for them to make helicopters and gliders out of paper and card. Opportunity was also given for children to design their own aeroplanes. Children tested which mode travelled the furthest; they had to be very precise and created some very intricate modes of transport.
Children built magical sleighs to get the reindeer to take flight after one of the elves spilled the magic dust!
Lollipop sticks of different sizes were used and a variety of tapes were available for children to build and create. They had to consider whether the sleigh would be stable enough to carry all the presents and be able to survive the long journey around the world. The children had a great time designing their practical sleighs!
Children invented snowball launchers to help the elf who had broken his arm win the annual snowball contest!
Plastic spoons and elastic bands were joined effectively to launch snowball pom poms into the air. Children had to manipulate the spoons and use their fine motor skills successfully. The children had lots of fun putting these to the test!
Children created igloos to help keep Santa warm whilst he was stuck in the snow!
A variety of materials were available such as polystyrene, marshmallows and cotton wall. Children used their imagination along with their cutting, scoring and joining skills to make some fabulous, creative designs.
It was wonderful to see all the children use their problem solving, creativity and communication skills to design and innovate!
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