The idea of DIY Day, or do-it-yourself is nothing new to the world of learning. It has been around for a while now and has seen a lot of success in the past.
Some people believe that it should be introduced into schools as well, which would help kids learn more about their surroundings, as well as improve their creativity.
This type of learning is not just about the game, but also about the whole experience. It is not just about gaming, but also about discovery. It is not just about playing, but also learning and interacting with others in a virtual environment.
The use of games in education has been around for decades now with many educational games being developed and used to help teach children various skills. Nowadays, schools are increasingly turning to Game Based Learning (GBL) to help students learn various subjects and skills at a faster pace.
However, the GBL movement has faced some criticism from educators who believe that it does not provide enough academic rigor for children or that it does not provide a sufficient breadth of subject coverage for students. Nonetheless, at LRNG we strongly believe the benefits of GBL outweighs any potential drawbacks and actively encourage this technique in all our classrooms – both virtual and physical.
Moving Caterpillars 🐛🐛
Our DIY Day segment provides quick and simple activities for kids with materials you can find around the house. It goes to the core of our belief in discovery and game-based learning as the main learning pathway of the future. Enjoy!
Materials Needed for Moving Caterpillars
A DIY Day favourite. Need Tissue Paper? We recommend Hallmark White Tissue Paper, available on Amazon.
Green Construction Paper
Just about any construction paper set will do, just pull out the green ones. If you don’t have, this quick Crayola set can be delivered by Amazon.
Usually you can find one lying around anywhere (thank you Ikea showrooms). But if you found yourself without, we recommend any pencils created with the planet in mind.
For adults, black marker is generally synonymous with Sharpies. For kids and kids at heart, we’re talking about the Crayola markers we use in school. If you’re an adult looking to find your youth, grab a pack of Crayola markers at the link below.
We only use titanium scissors in our office, whether for DIY Day or general office tasks. We’ve never had an issue with Scotch 8″ Precision Ultra Edge Scissors, and that’s what we’ll recommend hands down.
Nowadays most glue sticks work perfectly fine. There’s not too much difference in quality between Uhu, Elmers, Avery or any dollar store brand. For a budget DIY Day solution, grab a pack of Amazon’s private label glue sticks.
DIY Day Instructions:
1. Fold your green construction paper in half, then cut out the shape of a half leaf over the fold.
2. Keeping your leaf shape folded in half, fold it again in an accordion pattern. Once finished, open the leaf.
3. Take an unused piece of green construction paper. Roll and glue it shut.
4. Repeat step 3. Roll around a pencil, then glue shut.
5. Place the long thin roll inside of the short big roll.
6. Glue the short roll to the base of the leaf along the middle fold.
7. Roll your tissue paper over the pencil and glue it shut.
8. Scrunch up the roll of tissue paper to make it shorter while it’s still on the pencil, then pull it off.
9. Using your marker, colour one end of the tissue paper roll. Then, place dots at random. This will create your caterpillar.
10. Glue the head of the caterpillar onto the end of the long green roll located in the middle of the leaf.
11. Glue the tail of the caterpillar to the end of the short green roll located at the base of the leaf.
12. Push and pull on the end of the long green roll that’s sticking out from the leaf to make your caterpillar move. Enjoy your DIY Day success!
In today’s world, the importance of self-directed learning is undeniable. There are many reasons why it is important to teach children how to learn on their own. One of them is that it increases the chance of their success in life.
The DIY movement has been gaining momentum in recent years. It encourages people to “do it yourself” and make things with their own hands, rather than buying them from a store or hiring someone else to do it for them. The DIY movement has not only helped people save money but also gain new skills and knowledge through making things themselves.
This trend has also found its way into the education system in recent years, with many schools adopting a game based learning approach or incorporating more playtime into the curriculum.
DIY day is an important part of game-based learning. It helps to develop children’s creativity and problem solving skills. It also provides a chance for kids to explore new things and learn about themselves through the process.
Besides, DIY can also help build a child’s confidence by encouraging them to try something new, which they might not have been confident enough to do before. This will increase their understanding of the world around them and teach them that they can do things on their own without any help.
Charlotte’s work at LRNG is driven by what she sees the world can be, rather than how it is. Her awkward charm makes her a team favourite. Even though she studied in Europe and can speak four languages, she still has difficulty ordering a cappuccino – Grande means big, not medium! One of the few millennials to unironically be proud of it, Charlotte still wears her (now vintage) low rise ripped Abercrombie jeans from 2008! Charlotte’s an amateur kayaker but makes up for it with her expertise in eating chocolate. A real-life Emily in Paris but will always have a place in her heart for her hometown of Vancouver. Heels by day, boots by night.
In some other life we are standing side by side and laughing that, in some other life we are apart. – David Jones