Wishing you an abundantly joyful and PLAYful new year!
Challenge: Identify where in the Museum you can find each of these images!
Instead of talking about details with very young children, use simple language and simple ideas.
Some more resources:
- A really terrible thing happened.
- Sometimes adults do terrible things.
- Terrible things almost never happen.
- We will be sure that you are safe.
|Stacking, nesting and building with Wedgits – colorful octrahedron and rhombus-shaped blocks. Kids can try replicating designs on our challenge cards or come with their own constructions.|
|The Soma cube, a giant 3-D puzzle in which seven pieces fit together to form a cube. There are 240 distinct solutions, although it's a challenge to figure out even one – a challenge both kids and adults take very seriously!|
|Arranging artfully painted wooden cubes to reproduce patterns or invent new designs.|
|Exploring the graphics on the navigation column.|
|Using the senses to guide a ball through the hidden twists and turns of the mystery maze boxes, then trying to map the path it traveled.|
|Creating intricate kaleidoscopic designs by layering, ordering and rotating colorful cutout shapes in countless combinations.|
|Experimenting with shadows and scale, transforming 3-D objects into 2-D representations and creating imaginative shadow scenes.|
|Constructing domino chain reactions, negotiating spacing and alignment to topple series of spirals and zigzags.|
|Building with wooden unit blocks in our brand-new block building area, designed to inspire even more creative construction.|
|Hillel, Zach and Chris install a giant dodecahedron on the entryway sculpture. (You may recognize this scene from a similar photo in The Providence Journal this week.)|
|Fitting together a frame which will contain colorful blocks – puzzle pieces that form a giant cube.|
|Hillel installs the shape sorter.|
|Mounting many labels.|
|Hillel prepares wooden beads for a bead maze.|
|The final step – Robin adds letters to the entry sculpture, bringing the ThinkSpace logo to life!|
|The block area with completed mural and new flooring (in a spiral that comes from the Fibonacci pattern).|
|Testing out the size and placement of the intro label – the real ones will be much more colorful!|
|Hillel preps the maze wall that will be the backdrop of the mystery maze boxes activity.|
|Chris prepares panels for the entry sculpture, which is made from over 300 pounds of steel and will stand floor to ceiling when installed – an amazing visual to frame the ThinkSpace entrance.|
|Chris and Zach construct a sculptural "navigation" column that consists of four colorful stacked octahedra and will house a selection of fun hunts to do throughout the Museum.|
|X team members couldn't resist leaving their mark in the base of the column before it was built!|
|Chris and Hillel lay out carved wooden tiles, which will become the backboard of a geometric design activity.|
|The construction corridor! Hillel and Chris install the carved tiles at right, and the table at the left will be a kaleidoscopic designs station.|
|Hillel adds image panels to the "lenticular" wall. Once this is fully assembled, it will create an illusion of movement as its two images are viewed from different angles.|
|Robin with a Learning Club, during her first stint at the Museum!|
|Robin, Janice (Museum director) and Valerie (Graphic Designer) in conversation about ThinkSpace graphics.|
|Exhibit Designer Chris prepares the shadow booth for prototyping.|
|Another activity prototype – creating kaleidoscopic designs.|
|Kids test out the soma cube prototype.|