Friday, August 22, 2014

August 22: Inventors’ Month

image from icfw.org

August is Inventors’ Month. Why not tap into the kids’ creativity and see what inventions they can develop by holding an invention convention?
Invention Convention

Materials:

  • Unlimited supply of recycled items
  • Variety of materials for attaching items (string, staples, glue, tape, etc.)
  • Paper
  • Pencil

Directions:

  1. The materials listed above are only a starting point. The adults and kids can be creative in coming up with plenty more materials to inspire inventions.
  2. Allow kids to work alone or in groups.
  3. Encourage children to look over materials and develop an idea first of what they wish to create. They can even draw out a diagram of what they want their finished product to look like.
  4. Once designed, then kids can start building.
  5. When products are complete, display the kids’ work by putting on an Invention Convention. Think of this as similar to a science fair.

Source(s): 100 Nature Activities for Kids card set.

Check out the full August calendar. It includes floating holidays, specialty weeks, and specialty months.

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