My day was dedicated to the exploration of electricity. In the morning the kids got the chance to play with some of our existing circuit blocks. We then gave the kids the chance to take apart a couple of old, broken electronic toys. They had a blast during this activity. We found a bunch of working switches and components (mainly speakers). The kids and I then spent the remainder of the day constructing new circuit blocks. I also gave the kids the opportunity to tinker with motors and recycled materials.
This entire day was more about prototyping than anything. The kids learned a lot of things by simply doing them. If something didn’t work then we would try something else. If something broke then we would fix it. There was a lot of sharing of ideas, along with sharing of tools and materials. The kids brainstormed ideas and taught each other. There was a certain design of a motor powered car that all of the kids eventually tried to make. I didn’t prompt this car idea. Instead, it was created by a collection of ideas and prototypes developed throughout the day.
It can be hard to teach someone how to prototype. Taking things apart and building circuit blocks is a great activity to get kids thinking and tinkering.