It's a maker's paradise as we look at amazing inventions all month. We might often take inventions
for granted because we use them on a daily basis (think coffee maker, flush toilet, elevators), but
someone had to first come up with the idea! Learning about inventions allows us to appreciate the
amount of creativity, perseverance, and problem-solving skills that go along with it.
Children are natural inventors. They are constantly tinkering, creating, changing, and modifying!
Ever notice how your child will take a toy or item and play with it not the way it was
Puzzle pieces suddenly become currency as they set up a pretend store, couch pillows turn into a
fort, and a cardboard box can be the ultimate imagination station!
The childhood process of “making” can be messy, but it’s an important part of your little
development. As they create, they are developing important life skills such as problem solving,
flexible thinking, and, of course, exercising those creative muscles!
From toy inventions to hybrid foods, the MarcoPolo World School May Activity Pack
is filled with
ideas for making this month as your child learns alongside the Polos about different inventions.
Ways to Support Your MAKERS
- Let your child play with and make things with a variety of
materials. Go on
nature walks and collect interesting items (teaching them not to pull directly from plants
and trees, only things that are on the ground). Give your child some old spice jars and let
them create their own concoctions. Keep a cardboard box filled with recycled materials that
can be used for constructing (i.e., paper towel tubes, tissue boxes, bottles, rubber bands,
egg cartons, scrap paper, etc.).
gives your child an opportunity to design and build their own
musical instrument! What materials
will they use?
- Observe your child in their making process. What materials do they gravitate towards? What
are they interested in? How do they respond when something doesn’t work? You can learn about
your child’s maker's world just by paying attention!
- The key to success is making mistakes! All inventors tried multiple times to get it
Allow your child to mess up and struggle through the process. It gives them the opportunity
to rethink their ideas, to modify, and to problem solve.
- Ask open-ended questions. Provide feedback starting with the phrase, “I notice that you…”
provides great talking points and suggestions for parental engagement.
Look for the “Tip” at the bottom of each activity.
- your child’s time and energy. When they get into a flow, they are using higher level
thinking skills all on their own! If the project needs to be interrupted (for dinner,
appointments, etc.), let it be a work in progress that they can come back to.
- Give your child a specific area for mess making projects. Whether a corner in the kitchen or
a workbench outside, a small space is usually sufficient!
Follow along for more learning at MarcoPolo World School. Join us as we study amazing inventions
all month long. Check out our free printables here for more hands-on activities.