In this activity, children will discuss how machines help people do things.
Then they will "invent" machines that can help them do something they need
WHAT YOU NEED
- Large construction paper
- Pictures of different machines at work (optional)
- Crayons, colored pencils, or magic markers
WHAT TO DO
- Discuss with children how different machines help people do things.
For example, airplanes help people fly to different places and trucks help
people carry heavy things from place to place. Point out that machines
often help people do things that they could not do, or would have trouble
doing, by themselves. Then ask children what kinds of things they can't do
(or have trouble doing) on their own. List their responses on chart paper.
- Next, explain to children that they are going to be inventors. They are
going to invent machines that help them do difficult things. Allow them some
time to brainstorm in small groups about the types of machines they could
invent. (They can refer to the list for ideas.)
- Then pass out the construction paper and have children draw their
machines. Tell them to leave space at the bottom of the paper for the name
of the machine. Help them to label their pictures as necessary. When children
are finished, have them share their pictures in small groups. Encourage them
to tell the name of their invention and what it does.
- Finally, display the finished pictures on an Inventors' Hall of Fame
- Have an inventor's convention. Children can dress in lab coats (or smocks),
display the pictures of their inventions on tables around the room, and visit
each other's exhibits.
- Set up a classroom invention company. Invite children from other classes
to submit difficult tasks that they would like machines to help them do. Then
have the children in your class invent machines (draw pictures of machines)
that can do the jobs.
- Have children build machines with blocks and other classroom materials.
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