I haven't posted pictures in a while, so I have a few today for you! We worked in collaborative groups to build the tallest tower we could with paper cups. The children were not given instruction in how to build for the most stable structure, so they had to figure it out themselves. It is so interesting to watch how the groups worked; most did a great job of working together and not getting upset when their structure fell. Some groups did many revisions, whereas one group in particular really stuck to their design and didn't want to change it until they saw the success other groups were having. Some groups noticed how others were building and replicated that, which is part of the design process. The children are anxious to build with the cups again. I highly suggest this as a family activity too! It's inexpensive and fairly quiet because you have to be gentle when building with the cups. I have use the Dixie bathroom size cup, which is the smallest. I don't use plastic cups because they are more expensive, and easier to build with, but also if stepped on break and the paper cups can be popped back into shape. As the children have more experiences with the cups I will add in index cards.
Some of the children had done this building in the summer during our Kinder Camp. As they were building, I heard this familiar song softly from one group. They did this in the summer too. They started to sing their own little song as they were building.
Sorry for the sideways view!
Have a nice evening!