Weekly Create-to-Learn Family Project Video + Lesson: All the Best Moves
Encourage your child to use STEAM to explore living and non-living organisms. In this week's at-home activity, children use game-thinking to create an activity on how things move. "All the Best Moves" encourages children to move in playful new ways and to blend what they know with what they imagine. By combining their seemingly unrelated ideas, children build creative thinking skills.REPLY to Participate: Have you done any STEAM activities at home? What supplies did you use? What did your child create? We encourage educators and families to ask questions, share artifacts, and access the expertise of Crayolian @James Wells in the At-Home Learning Community Discussions.
Pollinators Month Participation June is Pollinator's Month – Using the Flowers and Their Friends activity, take your child on a walk to study flower and plant parts like roots, stems, leaves and seeds to better understand the natural world. Learn what role each plays in the plant's life, then investigate how sight, smell, and shape effect which birds and insects pollinate various flowering plants before creating their own plant out of Model Magic!
REPLY to Participate: Have you experimented with any of the lesson plans on Crayola.com? How have you used them at home or at school? Try encouraging children to collect and create family recipes using honey as a way to expand this project at-home, creating cross-curricular opportunities to explore measurement and weight. Showcase your successes by sharing #artifacts and improvements.STEAM Activity: Dream CarTechnology and transportation are fun and exciting STEAM-related topics that really get children revved up. From self-driving cars to amphibian roadsters, vehicles are evolving to meet ever-changing human needs. In one activity in the STEAM Create-to-Learn kit for Grades 3-5, students use the IDEA Design Thinking Process to create innovative new vehicles.Children learn to Identify, Define, Express, and Assess their ideas.
Shifting your understanding and updating your perspectives is increasingly important in the current learning environment. Does something need to be perfect to be beautiful? How do imperfections make objects more interesting or unique? Use the Cracked Cups: Fractured Beauty activity to encourage your child to reflect on broken objects and create "fractured art," demonstrating that beauty can be found in unexpected change.
Honoring Flag Day on June 14th Explore state and national flags to find designs that demonstrate fractional color divisions with your children this Flag Day. After some leg-stretching worldwide exploration, support multiple literacies by using the Fraction Flags lesson plan to help children expand their math skills while designing their own flag.
REPLY to Participate: Give your colleagues a tip! Share your favorite way to integrate art into subjects like social studies, science, math, or English. How do you encourage your children to integrate arts throughout their learning journey?
What's next? Planning for the summer or next school year? Contact Crayola to help! No matter what challenges your school or district is currently facing, the Crayola education team wants to help. Share your plans for summer and back-to-school with us to see how our creative learning solutions can help meet your goals and close the gap. Email the education team at creatED@crayola.com today!