Tabletop mini-golf holes are trucking along. Their creators have facced many frustrations — not the least of which was the difficulty of cutting cardboard (especially when one has tiny hands!). As they attempt to play their holes, they’ve also found too much friction slowing their balls down. Obstacles like ramps are often too steep. Bridges have walls that aren’t secure and the ball falls over the side. They have dealt with all of these and more, and the holes are nearing completion. Vedika covers her tunnel with construction paper. Christiana decorates her hole. Mya’s jungle is almost completely covered in paper. Avoid the scary tiger! Lydia works diligently on her Wild West hole. Don’t touch the prickly cactus! Bennett and Alex try out Sammy’s hole. Apologies for the blur — these boys move fast!Alex advises on some possible modifications.
This project has been so fun, and the kids’ conversations show that they have learned quite a bit about about the laws of motion. If you asked them, my guess is that they’ll tell you that they haven’t learned anything about math this session and they’re just “doing art.” Their scale models, blueprints, and constant testing and modifying tell a different story. Don’t tell them that, though. Sometimes the best learning is the sneaky kind!