The Teach/Learn Blogging Carnival hosted by Science@home is for anyone, because we are all teachers and learners all the time. This month our theme is "Technology and Design". This is about being able to design or make something to solve a problem. Check out the links at the bottom to find some other great posts on T&D.
B and I are working together to create handmade gifts to give to his grandmothers this year.
We brainstormed ideas of things that we could make, but this seemed to produce a lot of ideas that I thought were okay and my son did not want to do and a few difficult to achieve ideas that my son wanted to do.
So, I changed tactic and we discussed the materials available and what we could do with different materials. And B decided he wanted to make something with clay.
After some discussion we decided upon a tea light candleholder.
We had a look at some different designs around the web …
clay tea light holders
a sandcastle candle
la candlera II
My son decided he wanted to add glitter and sand to decorate the clay. So we made some drawings and looked through our materials. We were ready to start.
We used Sculpey. My son found it a little hard to work with. He has not had much experience with using clay. But we ended up with …
***Visit Science@home to find out more about the Teach/Learn Blogging Carnival. Please take the time to visit the other participants and find more Christmas themed posts on Technology and Design.
- Deb from Science@home has solved her wrapping paper problem for the environment, budget and family tradition.
- Marita from Stuff With Thing prepares for Christmas a little differently in her house, come see what they do. A little Christmas present for interested readers is included in this Teach/Learn post.
- Deb Chitwood at Living Montessori Now recommends you and your child learn how to use digital scrapbooking to create cards and gifts that will be cherished forever.
- Monique at Your Cheeky Monkey shows these Christmas Star Decorations are a fun and easy craft for toddlers and pre-schoolers.
- CatWay at Adventures With Kids works together with her 5 year old son to choose, design and make a Christmas present for his grandmother.
- Miss Carly from Early Childhood Resources describes three types of high technology that are a beneficial tool in learning with children under the age of eight.