2 x 45-minute Periods
Individuals or 2 Students
Explore the world of Strawbees and the world of possibilities as a tool for building anything from your imagination. Students will become familiar with the different types of Strawbees connectors and explore building through designing wearables for role play.
Depending on needs, this lesson can be split and taught in two 45-minute periods. With a 15 minute break seperating two sessions for a break or clean-up. An additional 15 minute session at the end is for clean-up.
Introduced to free building with Strawbees.
Creates connection with others by sharing feelings and projects for a collaborative storytelling.
Fine-tune motor skills with tools and assembling materials together.
Building the spatial reasoning capacity to visualize objects in three dimensions and beginning to draw conclusions about those objects from limited information.
Learn to express feelings and needs to others with spoken language.
Have additional small caddies or bowls around the room on desks or the floor to collect cut or broken straws pieces to save for future projects and help with cleanup.
Place containers of materials to the side of the room until students are ready to build.
Ask your students if they have ever tried to make something from their imagination or an idea. Then ask if creating something from their imagination is hard sometimes. Explain to your students that creating something is a process and might have to redo it. Inventors go through this process often with their ideas and keep building inventions until they make something that works.
Introduce the building materials your students will use for creating prototypes in class: drinking straws and Strawbees!
Show a premade 2D triangle and square in front of the class to show as an example, then a cube and pyramid. To make these shapes you will have to demonstrate the best way to insert a Strawbee leg into a straw.
Pass out a few Strawbees and straws to everyone to practice slipping a straw on a Strawbee. Encourage your students to build a magic wand to wave around the room! At the end of the warm-up have students lift up their creations to share for everyone to see, then lift up yours. Let your students know that sometimes they figure out how to build something by experimenting and trying many different ways to build.
Challenge your students to create a hat to wear with their wands. To start, students will have to build a pyramid base to wear on their head. You may need use a combination of full-sized and trimmed straws for different head sizes.
Challenge your students to modify their wearable hat.
When your students are finished with their projects, have a wearable fashion show! Have students lineup and start a parade in your space or the hallway to share with others!