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Tall or Short, 2 legs or 6?

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    < 1 hour

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    A Little Messy

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    Materials or Fees

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    easy

Question and Wonder:

  • What would the world look like if you were very small? really tall?
  • How does your perspective change if you change your size?
  • What if your body was put together like an animal or insect?
  • How would that change your house?

Imagine and Design:

  • Get on your knees and look around. How tall is a chair compared to you?
  • What if you stand on the chair? Now how do things look?
  • Crawl on your tummy, get someone to hold you up high or let you sit on their shoulders. What do you see now?
  • Imagine how things would look to an ant? A giraffe?
  • What if you walked on 4 legs instead of 2? Or had 6 or 8?
  • What would the furniture look like?

Pick an animal or insect and make some furniture for them.

Test and Discuss:

  • How does the body shape of your animal or insect change how you design the furniture?
  • Why would a chair be different for an elephant? Would they use a chair?
  • What about a bed or lamp? A whole house?
  • Does designing a home for your animal or insect help you to see from their point of view?

Did you know:

Follow the link below to a three part series on animal homes and how they live in them.

https://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/animal-homes/11674/

 

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