Waiting list for architecture station!

In a choice-based art room, the teacher begins class with a 5-7 minute demonstration.  It might be to introduce a new artist, or an art technique, or revisiting clean up procedures.  Then, students are free to choose what they will create.  Stations have been slowly introduced with new ones being added as students develop competence and confidence.  Right now we have the following stations:  clay, collage, drawing, painting(watercolor or easels), recycled art(cds, floppy disks, and cardboard), computers, fiber arts, and architecture.  There is almost always a waiting list for the architecture station due to its popularity.  In the architecture station there are menus and photos that demonstrate architectural structures and styles.  We have Lincoln Logs, pattern blocks, architectural blocks, and Kapla blocks.  The video above shows what a student created from Kapla blocks.  (Kapla blocks are a VERY GOOD idea for a birthday present or just for an ‘I-want-to-play-too’ present!!)

8 Comments on “Waiting list for architecture station!”

  1. Hi Clara! Thanks for sharing the video! I need to get a flip camera so I can share some of my block builders in action too! One of the coolest things my students discovered this winter was that they could get 4-5 marbles rolling down a ramp to push some one inch cube wooden blocks. They discovered energy transfer on their own! I sure wish I could have filmed that!

    • Clara Crosby says:

      Oh, they do love to build and discover kinetic energy!! I just took this video with my phone and then emailed it to myself. Thank goodness for the new smart phones!! I am going to have to purchase a video camera too!

  2. I also use Keva Planks with my students and they go nuts for them. Don’t you find the boys really love the blocks and 3D aspect of architecture, too? Maybe because they play with legos?

  3. mrs g says:

    Hi Clara,
    I want to get some of these blocks too. What size set would you recommend?

    • Clara Crosby says:

      I started with a 1000 piece set that came in a wooden box on wheels, but there are lots of different options on sizes. If you google Keva or Kapla, you can check out the variety!!

  4. Citiblocks are the same size as Kapla but much less expensive. I was fortunate to get mine at Costco about a year ago at a great price. I’ve seen them on Amazon too.

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