If you are like me with kids home from school or from camp, there is a good chance that they are either in front of the TV or with their tablets in hands, or running after the cats or digging holes in the backyard (at least THAT I can use to plant the fall veggies garden).
So in between trips to the beach, the zoo or the local park, I’d prefer that the kiddos are learning something while in front of their screens:
Tinkercad is a free app for kids K to 12. It’s easy to use, web-based, and let me say it again FREE. It’s a 3D modeling application that anyone can use -I mean ANYONE- to make fun objects that can then be printed using a 3D printer. Local Kinkos are starting to bring the 3D printers in their offices. Check them out!
You can follow the directions that the site gives you to get started, or you can check this PDF provided by 3DVinci’s Bonnie Roskes and create a cute little boat.
Google’s 3D warehouse has 10 puzzle models that you can download. I’ve been using a couple of them to print in color, glue on a thin sheet of cartboard, and cut. Voila ! Very cool (and cheaper) puzzles for the kids to play with.
and yes, in case you have not noticed yet, I am a big fan of Bonnie’s work…..here are some 52 mosaics to choose from Google’s 3D Warehouse. You can either download the mosaic on your PC and let the child play with the color, or print them and break out that new box of crayons and take the all package to the park.
Enjoy and please share pics or comments on what you’ve been doing with these free activities!