Does anyone remember Odyssey of the Mind? We called it OM. It was mostly a chance to hang out with our friends, but we did some mind bending activities sometimes. I remember we made a self-feeding machine for a quadriplegic. I also remember we did these activities where they would give us a few objects and we would have to solve a problem. ...like build a bridge inside this box with three balloons and a string. It was silly. It was fun. I hope it made me a slight bit smarter.
I decided to test out OM with my kiddos this week. Every day, I'm giving them a bunch of objects and seeing what they come up with. Today, I piled a bunch of recyclables and let them pick. They made robots. Stu's was especially impressive with a warming chamber for the shooter. No, I don't know what that is either. I figure it is the first of many, many things I will not understand that my son understand with perfect clarity.
Check out their work...
|That's how his Daddy looks when he's concentrating too...|
|Hello Hank! Where is your sock?!?|
|Note that finger pointing...I'm getting a lecture about robot function...Hello again Hank!|
Oh, and if you fear that the creativity in our home is purely intellectual, fear not. These boys have mad dancing skills too...