My house is a laboratory. My daughter is the lab
rat er, cat. I'm doing a lot of body-based rhythm and dance this summer with multiple groups of kids ages 6-12 (50-100 a week) but want to balance it out with other representations of pattern, shape and design. I want whatever we do to have as much choice, challenge, beauty, self-expression and mathematical meaning as possible
I'm trying to figure out how to do all that on a budget.
One of my ideas is a beading project that will work well for both boys and girls in the younger and middle age groups. I'm thinking about starting with both these books.
I want the bead patterns to be as simple or complex as the kids require or desire. I want there to be many possible right answers using a diverse inventory of attributes. So far that means stiff string, pipe cleaners, spherical wooden beads with multiple colors and sizes, and...straws!!
Yes, I am making my own colorful straw beads. They're the leftover parts of colorful bendy straws I cut to make this cube: