It's Time for a Holiday Bash
There are many ways to reinforce physical coding and applied robotics during this holiday season. You can use these winter wonderland ideas as morning warm-ups or for Friday free time, or you can create rotation stations to tackle them all at once during a classroom celebration. Pick and choose your favorites, or try them all!
The month of December is ripe for classroom celebrations, beginning with the Hour of Code, December 4-10. Our Hour of Code webpages have tons of activities to choose from and a link to sign up for our live, student-facing webinar on Monday, December 4!
Winter WONDERland Activity Packets
Check out our printable Winter WONDERland packets, 50+ pages (yes, f-i-f-t-y pages) of offline and online activities.
Please note that some items referenced in these packets are no longer available for sale from Wonder Workshop.
Check out this rendition of “Carol of the Bells,” shared last year by one of our #WonderLeague coaches from Estonia. We get chills every time! How can your students harmonize along with the robots on their favorite song? Or would they rather record their voices so that Dash can take center stage?
Please note that Xylo is no longer available for purchase from Wonder Workshop, though you may be able to find it on a secondary auction website.
A Robot Parade
Our robots love to transform into falloons and balloonicles (yes, those are words!). Check out our brand-new @Nearpod lesson plan on re-creating the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and simply adapt it for a winter or holiday-themed parade!
Draw some (masking tape) lines and take sides! Use the ever-popular Launcher to toss snowballs of different materials — crumpled paper or foil, cotton balls, Ping Pong balls. Determine a point system based on hitting targets of different sizes and from various distances.
Feeling crafty? Knit one, purl two to make Dash a cozy winter hat. Robots get cold too, you know!
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!
Hold a holiday pageant (see video), where participants 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:
- What is your favorite piece of winter attire?
- Which winter sport do you excel at?
- Where would you like to travel once spring comes?
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!
Want Even More?
What other holiday ideas can you come up with?
- Can you create your own version of the poem, “The Night Before Christmas”? Have Dash recite your original poem about coding and robots in an A, B, C, B rhyme scheme.
- Can Dash use the Launcher to help Santa deliver gifts down a chimney? Create chimneys (think tall boxes!) of different heights and widths. Or use the Bulldozer to push gifts to different locales.
- Can Dash turn into Rudolph and tow a sleigh carrying Dot?
- Can Dash tell the story of Hanukkah candles, complete with recordings and blinking eye patterns?
- Can you wrap Dash in a dreidel outfit and let it spin?
- What mischief can Dash and Elf on a Shelf get into? https://twitter.com/Roosloan/status/806126796441845760
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