Aim: To teach the children model making and learn patience and focus in the process. Introduction: Model making is great fun and a good activity for children to use their imagination and work towards a final goal. These are some great ideas for budding designers and junior engineers. Taken from the BB Junior Pro Pack CR-2-10
• Thin long sticks
• Foam baits in different sizes
• Colouring Pens/Pencils
• Information on the planets
• Glue sticks
• Thread or plastic thread
• Cardboard, hangers or a Frisbee
• Toilet roll tubes
• Kitchen paper roll tubes
• Wrapping paper roll tubes
• Silver foil
Activity 1 - American Indian Tepees
Aim: To create an individual tepee and to make a group settlement.
Make one first so that you can see how to do it Decorate it and this will help the children to understand how good it looks and stimulate their imagination.
American Indians lived in tepees, made from animal hide stretched over a frame made out of trees.
Today we are going to make some Indian tepees.
• Roll a piece of paper into a cone shape.
• Secure the cone with a small piece of Sellotape.
• There needs to be a space at the top.
• Trim the bottom of the cone so that it will stand up.
• Tape three sticks that are long enough to poke out of the top of our tepee. to the inside of the tepee.
• Decorate the outside of the tepee leaving a blank part for the doorway.
• Cut a short line up from the bottom to create a door space and fold back the doors.
Activity 2 - Solar System Model Craft
Aim: To think about the Solar system and to make a model of it to hang somewhere in the hall.
• Ask children to make different stars and planets from the Solar system.
• You will need to make close to these sizes to create a realistic idea of the different sizes of each planet etc.
• Mercury: 3/4
• Venus: 1¼
• Earth: 1 3/8”
• Mars: 1”
• Saturn: 3 5/8”, with rings 7 3/4”
• Uranus: 13/4”. with rings 2 3/4
• Neptune: 1½ ”, with rings 2¾”
• Pluto: ½” - Discuss with the children whether Pluto is a planet.
• This big model is best made one planet at a time that will then need to be strung together to make the Solar System Mobile. If you have a large group you could do individual projects over a number of sessions.
• You can either attach all the planets with plastic thread to two wire hangers put together to make a mobile frame or you can make a cardboard frame from a sturdy cardboard disc.
• Use up materials that you have and help the children to be creative.
• For example with Saturn - you can either have the children make the rings or cut a foam ball in half and place a CD in the middle. Glue it together again and paint the CD as rings.
Activity 3 - Spaceships And Rocket Models
Aim: To create rockets, spaceships etc from odds and ends.
• Have glue put out in jam jars with paint brushes, cover the table with newspaper and prepare all the craft materials.
• Create a few rockets so that the children can see what they are making and give them some decorating ideas.
• Each rocket or spaceship needs to be built from one of the rolls (toilet/kitchen/wrapping paper).
• They will also need three pieces of stronger cardboard for the landing gear.
• There will need to be three cuts in the cardboard. It will be good to go through this in stages so that each child can keep up.
• Once the basic body is made they can work on their own and be creative.
• Slide the pieces of cardboard with some glue on into the three cuts.
• Create a cone shape out of cardboard and place into the top of the roll — either stick with glue or Sellotape.
• Decorate the rocket as desired using materials available.
Genesis — God made everything - Genesis 1:14
And God said, "let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.
For full details see the BB Junior Pro Pack CR2-10