Kids make towers, inventions while schools are closed
The first week of school closures is over — but thanks to an online competition started by a group of Dartmouth parents on Facebook, local kids weren’t stuck for things to do.
Organizer Mary Waite, a member of the “Dartmouth Parents 14.0” Facebook group, announced the online competition on March 14, coming up with a different activity — like building a fort, solving a problem with an invention, and making something out of recycled or natural materials — each day.
Parents submitted photos of their children’s creations to the Facebook group, and winners for each competition were announced the following day, with certificates emailed out to mark the kids’ accomplishment.
The competition was such a hit among families stuck at home that it has been extended for the next two weeks.
In fact, Waite said, membership of the Facebook group has doubled since the start of the competition, to just under 1,100 members.
“I’ve had great feedback from the parents,” said Waite. “I have also posted pics on the Dartmouth Helping Dartmouth website, which members of the public seem to get a kick out of and enjoy seeing photos of their neighbors, friends and grandkids.”
Waite came up with the idea for the competition in part from her experience teaching high school and working in curriculum development.
Next week’s challenges are:
Monday: Build an obstacle course
Tuesday: build a boat (or anything that floats)
Wednesday: create a maze
Thursday: make a banner or collage with “Dartmouth Strong” in it
Friday: act out a role from a book (with costumes) for a short video.
Week Three challenges:
Monday: Build a bridge
Tuesday: Make a flag for Dartmouth, with four symbols and meaningful colors
Wednesday: Create a board game or outdoor game (make game pieces, cards, and game boards as necessary and create rules to play)
Thursday: Make a kite and fly it
Friday: Create a time capsule with ten items showing what life is like at home during this pandemic.
Each day’s challenge will be posted to the Facebook group with extension activities posted below, including links to videos and games.
Parents can submit a photo of the results with the students’ name, age/grade and school (and responses to any related questions) to the Facebook group or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take a look at our gallery of photos from the first week of the competition!