Our final Code Club for the year I invited parents to come along, provided some pizza and soft drink and set up activities such as Ozobots, coding a Lego Mindstorms robot, and using Osmo Coding on the iPad. The kids enjoyed showing their parents what they’d been working on and teaching their parents some coding.
This year we decided to try something different to reward our library monitors for their hard work across the year. We bussed them down to our local book store, Collins Books on Bulcock St, and allowed each of them to select a book for the library. The books will have a plate inside stating it was chosen by Joe Bloggs, Library Monitor 2016.
We then walked down to the Hog’s Breath Cafe and treated the kids to lunch. For $9.95 each they got a meal, soft drink and ice cream, so the cost was quite reasonable. The kids really enjoyed it and felt appreciated.
This activity was so popular we actually had to turn kids away, as we ran out of space. We have a Minecraft Club which runs on Wednesday lunch times, which is always full, and our Minecraft books are continually in circulation.
We took this activity from Unofficial Minecraft lab for kids : family-friendly projects for exploring and teaching math, science, history, and culture through creative building / John Miller and Chris Fornell Scott.. To do it, get kids to cut an A4 sheet of black paper into 2.5cm wide strips. Then do the same with the green piece of paper, but this time don’t cut all the way through. Stop about 2.5cm from the end. Students then weave the black strips through the green “loom” to create their image. Glue the finished weaving to a larger sheet of paper to make a frame.
This activity involved a bit of preparation but was popular and had links to the Science curriculum in the Year 2 mixtures unit and in Maths with measurement. We set it up as a series of stations which students had to move through, following the instructions at each stage.
- Take a bowl.
- Add one tablespoon of Epsom salts.
- Add a quarter cup of bicarb soda.
- Add a couple of drops of food colouring.
- Add one drop of essential oil.
- Add acidulated water (1 cup of water with one tablespoon of lemon juice added) very slowly (We used a spray bottle), mixing between each addition until it looks like damp sand.
- Mold into patty pans.
- Let sit overnight until hard.
These Minions bookmarks were easy to make and popular with the students. All you need is cardboard, glue, wool and goggle eyes.