We studied the story of the Tower of Babel in Genesis this week. The kids built towers with crackers and peanut butter. This is easily adaptable to any building or construction lesson.
Plastic knives or spoons
really? I don't think you need them.
Although I started by giving them the instructions in Spanish, to reinforce the fact that when God confused their language it was impossible to continue work on the tower.
supplies--minimal, easy to gather, had all on hand
execution--also very easy, kids needed little or no guidance to complete the project
mess factor--using the trays made clean up easier, kids hands and faces needed cleaning up (especially after Mikey tried to shove the whole tower in his mouth at once, see bottom right photo.) overall, clean up was easier than I anticipated.
fun factor--definelty worth any mess
did it teach the lesson--yes, especially adding the directions in a foriegn language.
sidenotes--I highly recommend using trays underneath ALL your kids projects, it is something we started recently and it makes clean up sooooo much easier. I also gather my supplies on the trays so it is easy to see who has what and who still needs what. We got our trays from a friend who works at the hospital, she just brought some that they were going to throw away (the trays were used to hold sterile tools) but I have also seen them at teacher stores and ones that are not disposable at walmart. I love these hospital ones because they are HUGE and contain big messes. And they wipe up easily.