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Leadership - day 3 problem solving

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These activities can be done alone, but work best with one or more friends on a video chat like Skype, Zoom, Facetime, etc.

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Week 6 - Day 3

​Grades K-3

<h3>Mindfulness Activity:</h3> <p>Trivia question: What color is a Polar Bear's skin?</p> <p>A) Pink<br /> B) White<br /> C) Black</p> <p>Mindfulness Activity:</p> <ul> <li>Find your pulse on your neck or your wrist.</li> <li>Count how many times your heart beats for 15 seconds. (Get help from a parent or use a timer)</li> <li>How many times did your heart beat? If you multiply that number by 4, that's how many times your heart beats in a minute. That’s your heart rate.</li> </ul> <h3>Partner Cup Stacking</h3> <p>Supplies:</p> <ul> <li>Plastic cups</li> <li>Elastic bands</li> <li>4 Pipe cleaners</li> <li>2 or more people</li> </ul> <p>Being a good leader means to also be a good team player.</p> <ul> <li>Help your child attach 4 pipe cleaners to a stretchy elastic band. Twist the pipe cleaners together to create 4 handles.</li> <li>The players try to stack the cups without using their hands. They can use the pipe cleaner handles to stretch the elastic band to grab and stack the cups.</li> <li>See if they can problem solve on their own and give direction whenever necessary.</li> <li>To make it more difficult, blindfold one of the players so that the other player has to talk them through the steps.</li> </ul> <h3>Shape Scavenger Hunt and Match</h3> <p>Supplies:</p> <ul> <li>A variety of toys and objects (e.g. train track, bath toy, toy car, etc.)</li> <li>Paper</li> <li>Marker</li> </ul> <p>Trace the objects on a piece of paper.</p> <p>Have your child find the object in the house that matches the shape’s outline.</p> <p>Encourage your child to use their problem-solving skills to find the right object. Help them break down the problem if they’re stuck on a specific shape by using statements like, &quot;hmm…that doesn't look right? What else could it be?&quot;</p> <h3>Marble Run Maze</h3> <p>Supplies:</p> <ul> <li>Various recycling objects (e.g. paper tubes and household objects)</li> <li>A marble (a golf ball or tennis ball can also be used instead).</li> </ul> <p>Have your child construct a marble run that will get the marble from one side of the room to the other without help. It helps if the point A location is at an elevated area to give the marble momentum.</p> <h3>Review Questions:</h3> <p>Ask your child:</p> <ul> <li>What was surprisingly difficult and/or surprising easy about todays activities? (Feel)</li> <li>How do you think having strong decision-making skills and leadership are related? (Think)</li> <li>What can you do if you’re stuck on making a decision or having difficulty solving a problem? (Act)</li> </ul> <h3>Mindfulness Trivia Answer</h3> <p>Answer: Black</p> ​

  • ​Grades K-3
  • ​Grades K-3

    Mindfulness Activity:

    Trivia question: What color is a Polar Bear's skin?

    A) Pink
    B) White
    C) Black

    Mindfulness Activity:

    • Find your pulse on your neck or your wrist.
    • Count how many times your heart beats for 15 seconds. (Get help from a parent or use a timer)
    • How many times did your heart beat? If you multiply that number by 4, that's how many times your heart beats in a minute. That’s your heart rate.

    Partner Cup Stacking

    Supplies:

    • Plastic cups
    • Elastic bands
    • 4 Pipe cleaners
    • 2 or more people

    Being a good leader means to also be a good team player.

    • Help your child attach 4 pipe cleaners to a stretchy elastic band. Twist the pipe cleaners together to create 4 handles.
    • The players try to stack the cups without using their hands. They can use the pipe cleaner handles to stretch the elastic band to grab and stack the cups.
    • See if they can problem solve on their own and give direction whenever necessary.
    • To make it more difficult, blindfold one of the players so that the other player has to talk them through the steps.

    Shape Scavenger Hunt and Match

    Supplies:

    • A variety of toys and objects (e.g. train track, bath toy, toy car, etc.)
    • Paper
    • Marker

    Trace the objects on a piece of paper.

    Have your child find the object in the house that matches the shape’s outline.

    Encourage your child to use their problem-solving skills to find the right object. Help them break down the problem if they’re stuck on a specific shape by using statements like, "hmm…that doesn't look right? What else could it be?"

    Marble Run Maze

    Supplies:

    • Various recycling objects (e.g. paper tubes and household objects)
    • A marble (a golf ball or tennis ball can also be used instead).

    Have your child construct a marble run that will get the marble from one side of the room to the other without help. It helps if the point A location is at an elevated area to give the marble momentum.

    Review Questions:

    Ask your child:

    • What was surprisingly difficult and/or surprising easy about todays activities? (Feel)
    • How do you think having strong decision-making skills and leadership are related? (Think)
    • What can you do if you’re stuck on making a decision or having difficulty solving a problem? (Act)

    Mindfulness Trivia Answer

    Answer: Black

  • Grades 4-6
  • Grades 4-6

  • Grades 7+
  • Grades 7+

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