Gather your kids and join us in the Invention Dimension! Julius Jr.'s Inventing Time activities give you simple ways to play with your kids that encourage their natural creativity!
Objects Needed to Create Your Invention Round balls of all kinds: bouncy balls, tennis balls, dried peas, etc.
Surfaces of all kinds: concrete, cookie sheet, rug, fabric, wood, cardboard
Ball of socks
Erasers of different shapes
Ramp (can be made by tilting any surface against a stack of books)
Special note: Please follow choking hazard guidelines and avoid using small round objects depending on the age of your child.
Step Inside the Box with Julius Jr.!
Ask your kids: Bounce, roll, and slide are all words that describe how things move. What do those words mean to you?
Can we use our body to show how each of those motions might look?
What kinds of objects bounce? What makes them bounce? What kinds of objects roll? What makes them roll? What kinds of objects slide?
Looking at all of our supplies, how will the objects behave on different surfaces when the surface is flat? Will there be a change if we tilt the surface?
How are you going to test what you think will happen?
How might bouncing, rolling, and sliding apply to the outside world? What do you see every day that bounces, rolls, or slides?
Now to the Invention Dimension!
Get ready to bounce, roll, and slide! As you ask your children to make predictions about the round objects, try to capture some of their ideas on a piece of paper to reinforce the importance of making hypotheses. Hypotheses are proposed explanations for observed events, and a hypothesis that can be tested is the basis of all science. While your kids aren't thinking about science yet, they are acting like scientists when they explore new ideas.
As they begin experimenting with materials, test your children's predictions and record the results. Let them drop materials from different heights onto the various surfaces and allow them to record one symbol (perhaps a blue dot) if their prediction proved true and a different symbol (perhaps a yellow dot) if their prediction proved false. Recording after each drop helps to develop careful observation skills and an understanding of how to collect information.
What Your Little Ones Are Learning
Experimenting with bounce and roll gives learners wonderful permission to drop things. They are learning how their body moves through space, and they are exploring how things react to gravity.
Why "Inventing Time" Matters
Creative thinking begins early in every child's life. It enables original thought and the ability to see solutions where others don't. It provides the fundamental building blocks for success in school and beyond. Creative play has been proven across multiple research studies to be the best path to developing a lifelong capacity for creativity.