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Dreaming Up by Christy Hale
This is a great book for any kid who loves to build. Each page has an illustration of children building with a different material, as well as a real picture of a famous building that resembles what the kids are making. It is a great way to introduce amazing structures from around the world and talk a bit about geographical and cultural differences that can influence architecture.
On a more simple level though, it is a beautiful demonstration of a child's imagination. What might be in their minds as they build or what their interests may turn into one day.
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STEM task - Age 4+
Try building towers with different types of bricks. Younger kids can join in and help build. Older kids can try to predict which will stand tallest for the longest. Encourage children to explain their thinking. Can you predict which will be sturdiest? What did you find out? Were your guesses right? We used duplo blocks, Lego blocks and mathlink cubes. You can also begin to discuss fair testing and why certain parts in an investigation need to be the same to compare properly.
- Use pictures of famous buildings and challenge children to build them using materials of your choosing (junk modeling would be perfect for this!)
- Study the role of an architect and what they do
- Learn about famous architects from different cultures and parts of the world
- Look at the various job roles involved in the entire process of building from beginning to end
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