Animated Sand Toys and Music Boxes - Toy inventor Mel Birnkrant demonstrates the Victorian-style toys that he and his wife Eunice created. The paper cut-out figures are powered by sand motors and wind-up music box mechanisms. Mel Birnkrant's main website: http://melbirnkrant.com/ More about Mel's music boxes: http://melbirnkrant.com/colorforms/page1.html
In this video, a group of 4th grade students closely read a text about toy inventors, discussing their ideas with their peers. Their teacher models her thinking on some tricky parts, asks text-dependent questions, and guides their annotation and writing.
This packet provides an outline for students to research famous toys! The packet uses two books~ (The Kid Who Invented the Popsicle and Toys!) for students to research how the toy was invented! The students research 10 different toys and then create a Toy Invention project at the end of the unit!
Use this STEM project during class time or send home for a homework project. A parent letter is included to explain the project and what STEM is. I use this for my first graders, but it can be used for any grade level. Use my guidelines or use the blank ones if you want to create your own guidelines.
Lonnie G. Johnson -(1949–) invented the world-famous watergun, the Supersoaker. Johnson's company just came out with a new Nerf ball toy gun. --->The Top Ten African-American Inventors | Scholastic.com
Invention Box! Collect broken toy and appliance pieces and other treasures in a box that you're little inventor can source for building and tinkering. This encourages creativity, critical thinking, and resourcefulness.