It’s Time for a Holiday Bash!
There are many ways to reinforce physical coding and applied robotics during the holiday season. You can use these winter wonderland ideas as morning warm-ups, for Friday free time, or you can create rotation stations to tackle them all at once during a classroom celebration.
With some simple colored beads and a pipe cleaner, you can introduce the binary alphabet! Have students code their names or a winter-related spelling word. Use this ASCII Binary Alphabet PDF to get started. Then loop the pipe cleaner to make an ornament or bend it to form a candy cane!
Creative idea and photo from Little Bins for Little Hands.
Create a holiday tree shape or a dreidel shape on the floor with masking tape. Ask students to use Go, Path, Blockly, or Wonder to move Dash along the tree or dreidel’s outline.
Outline a tree using a square and triangle or create a dreidel using a pentagon.
Bring on the carols! Music is a natural way to teach coding. Program Dash to play a holiday song using Xylo and the xylophone. Try a simple version of “Jingle Bells” (here’s another video example). Think of moves and spins that might accompany the tunes. Remember, you can sync up five Dash robots to one device to create a marching band! And we hadn’t heard of this holiday robot song before!
Fun activity from the Digital Scoop!
Clever idea from the blog, Engage Their Minds
Hold a holiday pageant (see video), where participants need to dress up in their best winter outfits and answer pageant questions. Ask students to first program their robots with one noun response, an -ing verb response, and a location response. Then surprise the contestants with questions like:
And who doesn’t like a yummy snack? Riff off of this clever robot snack by using milk bottles to make a snowman, a red Hershey’s kiss as a Santa’s hat, or pretzels as reindeer antlers!
Then watch this holiday episode of the Dot & Dash Show.
What other holiday ideas can you come up with?
Share your winter WONDER-land ideas with us and tag us @WonderWorkshop. Happy Holidays to All!
Dec 22, 2017