We have been working on our skyscrapers project
for a while now. If you've been following along you know that it evolved out of our Landmarks interest
and has inspired a ton of building
In the background, my daughter has also continued her interest in princesses. Her favorite is usually Rapunzel (although Merida has been coming up more lately). We have done a story study of different versions of Rapunzel
and talked about the different characters together.
I thought it might be fun to try to integrate the two interests so I set up this simple building prompt on one of our Monday stay home mornings.
*I drew a "note from Rapunzel" with a mixture of words and images hoping once I read it to them once they would be able to decode the message for themselves again later if needed.
*Next to the note I placed one of her Rapunzel dolls (from this gifted play set
) and a ruler.
*I placed all of this on the rug in the building area and waited.
After breakfast when they headed off to play they quickly came running back with the note. I read it to them and then said "wow. It sounds like Rapunzel needs some building engineers (not to be confused with train
engineers) do you think you can help?" And off they scampered.
I let them build for a while as I loaded the dishwasher and tidied the kitchen and then I checked on them.
They had built a couple of towers for Rapunzel and various characters in their block area. I asked if they wanted to see how tall their towers were and then demonstrated how to measure them with the ruler and read the height. Rulers are a newer tool for my twins so the demonstration was helpful and it also allowed me a chance to talk with them a little about comparing heights and assess their ability to read numbers from the ruler.
Then I started to step back a little and let their conversation with each other take over. They were talking about who else needed a tower and I left them to work on that.
Sweet and simple princess themed STEM.
Doll or Toy to Play Rapunzel
Check out more of our project HERE.