The featured book was WHAT ABOUT MOOSE? which is about a bossy Moose who is a building a tree house with friends. Moose appoints himself foreman and is so busy giving orders that he does not realize that he is getting himself into a pickle. His friends try to warn him, but he insists that the walls go up and it is only after the roof goes on that Moose realizes he is stuck inside.
Luckily his friends do some creative thinking and come to his rescue.
Since this story is about building, planning, teamwork, and problem-solving, it seemed like a perfect fit for some engineering challenges.
I found dozens of wonderful #STEM projects online and chose two of my favorites to try with this library group.
4 ENGINEERING CHALLENGES FOR KIDS (CUPS, CRAFT STICKS< AND CUBES
MARSHMALLOW TOWERS (MARSHMALLOWS AND TOOTHPICKS)
Both are easily adaptable for kids of all ages.
I gave everyone a plastic yellow construction hat and they got right to work building their structures.
At the end of the hour, no one was ready to go home!
My co-author, Becky Gomez, came up with her own list of book-related STEM challenges to try with kids. .
If you have a suggestion for a STEM activity that would tie-in with WHAT ABOUT MOOSE? we would love to hear it
Happy reading and building!!!