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Kids ‘R’ Kids Mini CampConstruction ClubKids ‘R’ Kids International Copyright 2020 All Rights Reserved1

Construction ClubIntroductionWelcome to the Construction Club where it is allabout the process! During your time in this club,you will learn better communication skills,enhance problem-solving techniques, andchallenge yourself in creating awesome builds!Discussion Time: Why do you like art? What doyou think makes art special? What do you hopeto learn by the end of this club?Note to Teachers:The Construction Club provides children theopportunity to discuss, problem-solve, askthought provoking questions, and design builds.The activities are designed to be conductedthroughout the week. Members can meet dailyto discuss and work on their ideas and builds.Each week, members will concentrate ondifferent builds. However, they can decide whichmaterials they would like to use, processes,methods, designs, and repeat any build. You candecide which projects will be introduced. Mostactivities will not have step-by-step instructionson how to build a structure. Construction Clubmembers will have the autonomy to design,create, and build the structures their teamchose. Members of the club can be divided intogroups of three or four.It is very important that you, as a teacher, areconstantly engaged, interacting, and askingquestions while members are building. Provideconstant encouragement and praise themembers for utilizing their imagination andcreativity. Preview each activity prior tointroducing it to the club members to ensureWeekly Themes: Log CabinsLego DamsBeaver DamsDomino Chain ReactionsPopsicle Stick BridgesMaterials List cardboardconstruction papercotton ballscrayonsdominoesinternet accessleavesLego building blocksmarkerspaintpaintbrushespaperpaper towel tubespencilsping pong ballspopsicle sticksrockssandscissorstapetwigswaterNote: You can modify materials,provide extra materials.enough materials are provided. HappyBuilding!!Kids ‘R’ Kids International Copyright 2020 All Rights Reserved2

LOG CABINMaterials: popsicle sticks, glue,cotton balls1. Make the floor by placing two popsicle sticksdown vertically a few inches apart.Drizzle glue all over them. Now line up popsiclesticks horizontally on top.Do not leave any space between sticks. Let dry.2. When dry, begin making walls. Cut chinks inthe corners to hold them inPlace. Put a dot of glue in the corner of eachstick as you lay them in place. Place two sticksparallel to each other on opposite ends of thefloor, then lay two sticks parallel to each otheron the opposite side, so they are resting on topof the first layer.3. *If you want a door or windows, cut themiddle few inches out of enough sticks to spanthe height of the cabin for a door, and a smallernumber for a window.4. Continue stacking sticks as in Step 2, usingthe trimmed sticks in one row. (*Leave theempty spot in the middle if including a windowor door.) Do not worry about the sagging sticks– you’ll fix that later.5. When the walls are high enough, make a roof.Cut two equilateral triangles of cardboard, witheach side measuring the length of one popsiclestick. Glue a triangle to the top of the front andback walls.6. Once dry, place popsicle sticks in horizontallines across the two triangle roof pieces until youhave made a pointed wooden roof. (*Trimpopsicle sticks and glue upright on roof to makea chimney, if desired.) Set aside to dry.7. Do not worry about the gaps between logs.Tear pieces of cotton and stuff it between theboards to make a warm and cozy cabin.Kids ‘R’ Kids International Copyright 2020 All Rights Reserved3

Lego DamMaterials: internet access, Lego buildingblocks, sand, sensory table(s), water“How the Hoover Dam was Built Ahead ofSchedule”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v NyklSsIhXkk, “How a Dam Works”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v PvJHjnELVSMDuring this activity campers will have theopportunity to utilize their creativity in building adam made of Lego building blocks and sand.Preparations: Preview videos. Gather materialsand find or create an open area.Instructions:Ask questions about the videos, ex:“What are used to generate electricity?”“What river runs through the HooverDam?”“Where is the Hoover Dam located?”Break down Construction Club members intogroups of three or four.Construction Club members will view the videolinks provided.Encourage club members to discuss the videosand the concepts of why dams are built.Provide children materials and encourage themto create their own structures. Remember, nottwo structures have to be the same.See which group created a structure that can hold back a constant flow of water!Kids ‘R’ Kids International Copyright 2020 All Rights Reserved4

Beaver DamMaterials: containers, internet access, leaves, rocks,sand, sticks, twigs, water“Dam Fun Facts about Beavers”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v 1cyPyEQ4OHI ;“Why Beavers are the SMARTEST Things in Fur”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v Zm6X77ShHa8 ;“How Beavers Build Dams”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v yJjaQExOPPYDuring this activity campers will have theopportunity to utilize their creativity in building adam made of Lego building blocks and sand.Preparation: Preview videos. Gather materials.Club members may need the opportunity togather natural materials prior to activity fromhome environment.Instructions:Divide club members into groups of three orfour.If they havenot gatheredmaterials prior,encourage clubmembers toconduct a scavenger hunt to gather naturalmaterials.Gather Construction Club members and displaythe videos.Ask questions about the videos, ex:“Where is the largest beaver damlocated?”“Why do beavers’ teeth look orange?”“Why are beavers so important?”“What do scientist call the behavior ofbeavers building dams?”Provide containers to club members andencourage them to create their own beaverdams.Allow students to test structures periodicallywith water. Encourage club members toproblem-solve if their dam leaks water.Kids ‘R’ Kids International Copyright 2020 All Rights Reserved5

Popsicle BridgeMaterials: craft sticks, Elmer’s White Glue , internetaccess, paper, pencil, toy cars“What Makes Bridges So Strong?”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v oVOnRPefcno ;“Think Like An Engineer, Jessie Has a Problem”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v RM04n0-QtNo ;“How to Build a Bridge with Only Popsicle Sticks and Glue”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v COFJWcEOcOEDuring this activity campers will have theopportunity to utilize their creativity in building adam made of Lego building blocks and sand.“Why are suspension bridges created?”“What are the steps engineers use to finda solution?”Preparation: Preview videos. Gather materials.Break members into groups of three or four.Instructions:Provide members pencil and paper and discusshow to create a blueprint for their bridge design.Gather Construction Club members.Inform members that they are going to buildbridges out of popsicle sticks and glue.Engage campers in a discussion about bridges,ex:“What are different types of bridges?”“Have you traveled across a bridge?”“What was the name of the bridge(s) youcrossed?”Watch video(s) provided.Ask questions about the video(s), ex:“What shaped is utilized to make bridges?Why?”After members have created their bridge design,provide them building materials.While members are building, have constantdiscussions about their designs and askquestions regarding strength of design, type ofbridge, and utilization.Encourage Construction Club members to testand redesign the bridges. Assist whennecessary.After bridges are completed, provide camperstoy cars or other items to test strength.Happy building!Kids ‘R’ Kids International Copyright 2020 All Rights Reserved6

Domino Chain ReactionsMaterials: blocks, dominoes, internet access, pingpong ball, papers, paper towel tubes, pencils, tape,scissors, various items,https://www.youtube.com/watch?v SDwlcJN3drE ;https://www.youtube.com/watch?v lo6x4eulY9gPreparation: Preview videos. Find or create alarge open area. Gather materials.Instructions:Gather Construction Club members.Inform them they are about to embark on ajourney in creating the “Greatest domino chainreaction!”Show members the videos and ask questions,ex:“What materials where utilized?”“How many attempts did it take to perfectthe course?”Encourage members to problem-solve and worktogether to create their great domino chainreactions!Break members into groups of three to four.Discuss with eachgroup what kind ofdomino chainreaction they wouldlike to create.Provide memberspapers and pencils toillustrate design.After designs have been illustrated. Providematerials they would like to utilize for theirdomino chain reactions.As members are building, ask questions abouttheir concepts and designs.Kids ‘R’ Kids International Copyright 2020 All Rights Reserved7