INSPIRATION: Machines!

July 30, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

I absolutely fell in love with this song the minute I saw the video. The words are great, too, but the video is what makes it amazing. Listen to the timing they have achieved as the spoons clink against the glasses to the music; watch the balls roll and hit TV screens and such...again, right in time with the music. Absolutely amazing.

 

I know enough about kids to know that even though my brain looks at this and thinks how cool it is that someone came up with that idea, a kid (when challenged right) will say, "Oooh!!! Let's do it like this!!" So, I encourage you to show this to your child(ren) and brainstorm with them. What could they create that has a "domino effect." Maybe it's a domino design like what starts the video and what most of us tried as a child (and hoped we didn't sneeze or shake so that all our efforts went down before we meant for them to). Maybe it's a marble machine (I'll show you an example of some kids who did that later). Maybe it's a set of pulleys and contraptions. Challenge them to use common, household items.

 

It's these types of imaginative activities that keep kids entertained for hours...days even...and doesn't cost much, if anything. And think of all of the skills they're gaining along the way...problem solving/critical thinking, imagination, scientific method (in trial and error), perseverance, physics. With your musically inclined children, have them do something as challenging as putting it to music (like in the video) and then you include their Musical Intelligence. (my guess is those musically inclined children may even create a song out of the beat that occurs with their contraption...or something more than I probably couldn't even imagine!).

 

Put the challenge out there to your child. Show them this video then ask them, "What could we do?" You both may need to do a little research, but that just enhances that bonding time.

 

I'd love to see what you come up with! ...or, for those of you who have already done something like this or have kids that have, tell us about it here or "share" the video and tell the story on our Facebook page. I'd love to add your child's results to my list of inspirations!

 

Note: If your child likes these kinds of things, you might be interested in our Blow Your Mind learning party. It focuses on creating, scientific method, and blowing things up! 

 


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