A few weeks ago, I visited Sam's kindergarten. We made wool pendants with 5-6 year old kids in Ms. PDL's class. We talked about how the wool fibers need 3 things to lock into a new shape - soap, water and (gentle but strong) pressure from little hands. The kids LOVED making the wool balls and tried to imagine what they would do if they were wool. Here are a few quick thoughts on how to organize an activity like this in the future:
Kindergarten (Age 5) - super-powered characters and adventures
Ask the students to answer each of these questions and draw the answer...focus on simple lines that express the idea and highlight the material's properties. Where does wool come from? How is it made? What can you make with it? What can wool do? Does wool have a super-power? When does wool need help? Would you want to be friends with wool? What would you do together?