This past week we've been working on the nursery rhyme "Humpty Dumpty". We recited, sang it, read a mini book about it, illustrated it and acted it out. Now it was time to save Humpty from his dangerous wall sitting tendencies.
I talked with the class about how we keep ourselves save during activities where we might fall. We came up with helmets, knee pads, elbow pads, band aids..
I told the kids it was their job to design a safety suit for Humpty Dumpty. I put them in 6 groups of 2 or 3. I gave them the following materials: A large sheet of paper, a length of adding machine tape, a paper towel, 3 pipe cleaners, a small padded envelope, a length of masking tape and an egg. (I used supplies I had on hand.) They could use scissors but nothing else. I showed them how to tear the masking tape in pieces if desired. If they ran out of materials they had to make do.
Have extra eggs. The kids may break their eggs in the design process but I didn't want learning to stop there so I gave the groups another egg.
Kids are pretty adaptable. When they are told they have limited supplies they make do.
Make sure the egg breakage happens outside, in a place where it can end up on the bottom of shoes, and tracked in public spaces.
Keep a scissors and a garbage can handy after the fall off the wall.
Each group had to explain their design and how it works before dropping it off the wall. (Off the top of a high play structure works well too).
As a follow up each group talked about any design changes they would make if they could do it again.
And we may because I have a number of eggs who survived the fall. Way to save Humpty!