My girls were to do a project on the topic – ‘Environment’. After a lot of discussions, they concluded on doing a model of 5 elements of Nature and its natural disasters.
Air – Tornado
Water – Tsunami
Fire – Forest fire
Earth – Earthquake
Space – Meteor crater
One week of hard work by my girls, from idea validation to preparing paper mache, doing the model, drying it, painting it, preparing a box for it, fixing them all together, all these in addition to other school works.
Two of them were working models.
1. The tsunami was done as a sliding box with before and after effects of the disaster. The small buildings and the wave were done using paper mache and painted. Then assembled in a sliding box, which was also handmade using a cardboard box.
2. The earthquake was a simple motor mechanism. 2 motors fixed to the same switch and assembled in a box and fitted in a way to produce the shaking effect on the paper kept above it. Then, the paper was painted as a road with buildings made of cardboard to be kept above to demonstrate the shaking effect of the building, at the control of a switch.
Others (tornado, meteor crater and forest fire) were just models from cardboard and paper mache. Forest-fire has a lightning in the centre of it, that has caused the fire.
To place all these models, cardboard boxes were done and assembled and labelled. All handmade. My girls were very cautious that no plastic and no thermocol was used. All eco-friendly materials, except for the 2 toy wheels for the motor. That also, they didn’t accept. I didn’t have any other choice and had to convince them to use it.
After all the efforts, everything was ready and then found out that, there was a spelling mistake in the heading. (Disasters was misspelt as Disaters). Oh! NO. Then, again last minute changes and corrected it and it was all ready.
Super satisfied with their hard work. Good job my girls. 🙂