We began with a little design and work with a quick lesson on drawing stars, planets and comets for our background. A few of the kids were already experts in drawing stars (which is difficult!), for the rest we went through a step-by-step demonstration until everyone was comfortable drawing them and happy with the results. Then we moved on to planets, comets, shooting stars and the sun. The kids were more free to explore as they chose at this point and were happily inspiring each other with knowledge and details about the colors, relative size and defining features of each planet. They know ALOT about space!
Then we moved on to robots! I provided the kids with a selection of pre-cut cardboard shapes to use to build their robots. As they liked, they glued pieces on to a piece of large black paper. We cut special shapes as needed. As we worked the kids talked about the cool features of their robots and what special things they could do. As you can see below there was a nice wide variety of approaches. Next week we will paint our robots with a metallic silver paint, add colorful details and add the stars, planets and comets we made this week to the background!