Trap a Monster: An i-can™ Activity

Halloween is peeking around the corner!  Your challenge…

Build a trap that can catch a monster.  We have two on the loose below that need to get nabbed.

Work alongside your child or let them build on their own.  Either way, here’s how to you can facilitate the monster trap activity in your home for maximum i-can™ mindset building fun!

Step #1Understand the challenge

Task: Build a trap that can catch one of the monsters above.
(Note: This monster is about 2 inches tall.)

Materials: What materials can your child use?  Check out our low-cost makerspace materials list for suggestions.

Step #2Ideate using questions as prompts

Question #1: What does your trap need to have to keep this monster inside?

Possible Follow-up questions: Look at the monster.  How might it escape?  What could you do to keep it from escaping?

Question #2: What might lure the monster inside?

Possible Follow-up questions: What are some things the monster might like?  What sort of things would get you to walk into a trap?

Steps #3 and #4: Prototype and Test

Encourage your child to dive in and get building! Encourage them to test their trap often to see if the monster fits and if the trap actually works.

If your child runs into problems while building, use questions rather than making suggestions to help get your child’s problem solving wheels turning.

When your child is done building, ask them if they think their creation is as awesome a trap as they can make it.  If so, ask your child what they like about their creation.  If not, encourage them to add to or change their design.

Have fun building. We’d love to see your traps posted below!
– i-imagine, i-can, i-do!

Want another challenge?  Check out ™this one!

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