It’s been a number of months since I’ve blogged. My husband and I were busy buying a house -a beautiful 120 year old Victorian style farmhouse that’s everything I’ve ever wanted (might have to start a blog about it)- and the last semester at preschool got crazy busy for its own reasons, so blogging kind of fell by the wayside for me for a while.
The preschool is closed during the summer, and I keep myself busy nannying for my niece and nephews (ages 6, 10, and 13) so you will see some of the fun activities they’ve been doing show up here on this blog as well.
Many of the preschoolers -as well as my nephew- have been obsessed with Angry Birds lately. It’s a pretty good, simple game, too, as far as video games go. There is a lot of physics going on with figuring out the projectiles and the speed and everything. Plus there’s sling shots and destroying/knocking things down- of course kids love it!
So, how much more fun and educational would it be if kids could play Angry Birds in real life? Wouldn’t it be great if they could have a favorite game and hands-on science all rolled into one? That was our thought when we started brainstorming at preschool how we could make this happen. We were so excited when our plans finally came to fruition.
Here’s what we did:
Our wonderful preschool director sewed little Angry Bird bean bags in three different styles and weights- red birds being the lightest, yellow birds being a medium weight, and black bomb birds being the heaviest.
We used exercise bands for the sling shots. We found them on sale in the Target dollar section (yes, less than a dollar each). We tied on a little piece of cardboard to nest the birds in and wrapped the ends of the band around the legs of an upside-down chair. Voila, slingshot!
We used foam blocks to build structures and taped pictures of piggies to small stacks of Legos.
The kids spent a lot of time building structures, placing pigs, and taking turns trying to knock them down by slinging birds at them. This was so much fun. One of my classes in particular really enjoyed this. One boy even asked me if we could shut off a bank of lights so they could play Angry Birds Space!
Last fall, I saw a wonderful backyard Angry Birds game from Simply Styled Home on Pinterest. I’ve been waiting all year to make it happen. Now, with our new house, we had the perfect opportunity since we now have our own backyard and plenty of moving boxes to build with!
I bought some balls and drew Angry Birds faces on them with Sharpie markers. I didn’t make the fancy sling shot like the one at Simply Styled Home, but instead bought a three-person water balloon sling shot (once again) from the Target dollar section.
Yes, those are adults on lawn chairs holding the ends of the slingshot!
We built with boxes, and we tried to use balloons as pigs, but we had trouble getting them to inflate or stay inflated. But it was still fun knocking down boxes! Great times!